He may not have been invited to the Heisman ceremony as he finished a distant fourth, but Penn State’s Saquon Barkley added onto his accolades today as he was named a first team All-American.
Barkley was named first team as an all-purpose player; Stanford’s Bryce Love and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny made the cut as first team running backs.
Barkley is the only Penn Stater on the list (playoff team Oklahoma has four players, all offensive, on the list), and the first Penn State player to make the list since Carl Nassib was a first team defensive end in 2015. The last offensive player for Penn State to appear was Allen Robinson, who was inexplicably relegated to the third team in 2013.
Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli was selected to the second team ahead of Mike Gesicki, who was left off the list, despite being ranked by some as the best tight end in this year’s draft.