No matter how many articles are written about him, and there have been so many, Saquon Barkley never fails to impress. Pete Thamel and Sports Illustrated are the latest to profile the prodigious running back. There are all the tried and true details about his humbleness and his the freakishness of his physical abilities, that’s well known, however, there are also a lot of other great nuggets in there like when he returned to Whitehall this past winter, his high school was going to honor him at halftime of a basketball game for his Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award. He got so nervous, he sweated through his shirt. Hopefully, he’s gotten that out of his system as he’s been named to another preseason watch list, this time for the Doak Walker Award.
Not one to be left out of the party James Franklin added his to a preseason watch list, getting a Dodd Trophy nod.
Odds at Making the Playoff: John McGonigal and Josh Moyer both gave their views at The Centre Daily Times on Penn State’s chances to make the College Football Playoff this season. Meanwhile, leaders on the team have higher aspirations heading into the season. Mike Gesicki and Ryan Bates both spoke of the disappointment in how last year ended and carrying a chip on their shoulder entering this year.
Freshman Gains: Dwight Galt, the assistant athletics director of performance enhancement, spoke at the Lift for Life this weekend, discussing the new freshman that just arrived on campus a few weeks ago and continuing to tout Lamont Wade following his productive spring.
In Scores of Other Games: Ole Miss continues to do Ole Miss things and now find themselves in the market for a new coach with the resignation of Hugh Freeze. This went from a Pat Forde tweet, who has been covering the Ole Miss story for years, to demise very quickly last night.