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Penn State’s Saquon Barkley Receives Paul Hornung Award

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Honor given to the most versatile player in college football

NCAA Football: Penn State at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to junior Nittany Lion running back Saquon Barkley, named the winner of the eighth annual Paul Hornung Award, honoring him as the most versatile player in major college football. He is the first Penn State player to win the honor.

Barkley, who was also named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the year, Big Ten Running Back of the Year and Big Ten Special Teams Player of the year, wasn’t just Penn State’s go-to running back, but was a kick returner, slot receiver, and also a wildcat quarterback.

He is also a finalist for the Maxwell Award for college player of the year, the Walter Camp Player of the Year, and the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s top running back, which will announce winners this Thursday.

Barkley is also a first-team all-conference running back and first-team All-BigTen return specialist and is just the second running back in Penn State history to earn back-to-back first team honors, joining Curtis Enis

He is second in the nation in all-purpose yards with 179.5 per game and accounted for 263 touches, 2,190 yards, and 22 touchdowns four different ways – rushing (16), receiving (three), kickoff return (two), and passing (one).

Barkley also ranks No. 4 nationally and leads the Big Ten in kickoff return touchdowns with two and ranks No. 10 in the FBS and leads the Big Ten in kickoff return average of 28.4. He's also tied for No. 5 nationally and leads the Big Ten in total touchdowns with 21, and ranks No. 10 and leads the conference in rushing touchdowns with six.

Saquon Barkley is just the second player in Big Ten history to win three major conference awards, joining last year’s Paul Hornung Award winner, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers (Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, Return Specialist of the Year).

Visit GoPSUSports to read the full and overwhelming list of Saquon Barkley’s awards, honors, nominations and unbelievable accomplishments at Penn State.

Congratulations, Saquon!