We all knew this was going to happen.
Picking out exactly which run locked this honor down is a tough task, but for everyone, there was probably a moment where we knew that Saquon Barkley was going to be named this week's Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week. Today, it became official, as Barkley earned the honor for the second straight week. The honor was split between Barkley and Indiana safety Jonathan Crawford.
The #B1G Co-Freshmen of the Week are @HoosierFootball S Jonathan Crawford & @PennStateFball RB Saquon Barkley. pic.twitter.com/F1bIKlkAD8— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 21, 2015
Barkley became a noteworthy figure around the Big Ten after his performance on Saturday, when the true freshman ran the ball ran for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 21 carries to help the Nittany Lions upend Rutgers at home, 28-3. Despite backing up Akeel Lynch – who started the game – Barkley was Penn State's workhorse and became the team's primary back in the second half of the game.
The Whitehall, Pa. native and former four-star recruit (who was committed to Rutgers and apparently wouldn't have made much of an impact in their backfield, even though it struggled on Saturday) received the honor for his performance after the Nittany Lions' second game of the season. Barkley split the honor with Michigan State's L.J. Scott after he carved up Buffalo's defense to the tune of 115 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Here's to hoping that we see a few more of these this season. Congrats again, Saquon!