Saquon Barkley may have missed out on the prestigious BSD MVP honors this week, but praise is pouring in from other outlets after the junior tailback carried Penn State to victory on Saturday night in Iowa City. On Tuesday, Barkley was named Maxwell Award Player of the Week after already earning the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Rose Bowl Player of the Week awards.
These kinds of accolades come naturally when one plays as excellently as Barkley did with the game on the line during Penn State’s 21-19 win. Not only did he set a career high with 211 rushing yards, but he also gained 94 yards as a receiver and set a school record with 358 all-purpose yards when you add in his kickoff-return production.
Barkley came up big on Penn State’s game-winning drive even though the team didn’t have time to hand the ball off. He caught two passes for 22 yards and made a key block in pass protection that allowed Juwan Johnson to haul in the clinching touchdown reception.
The Maxwell Award is handed out by the Maxwell Football Club each year to the best all-around football player in the United States. For the past three seasons, the player to win the Maxwell Award also took home the Heisman Trophy. Speaking of the Heisman Trophy, Barkley’s outstanding performance has made him the favorite to bring home that hardware as well.