STATE COLLEGE, PA – The head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, James Franklin, seems to be very thankful for having Saquon Barkley in the team. The hype surrounding Barkley on joining the 2018 NFL draft has been squashed by the incoming 3rd year in an interview. As reported in a sports article, Barkley said that his focus remains on the current season and he is yet to think about gunning for the 2018 draft.
There are numerous reasons for the buzz surrounding the Lion’s running back. During his freshman years, Barkley showed enormous potential after running hundreds of yards in several games which eventually earned him a position in the 2nd team of the All-Big Ten for the 2015 season.
He continued racking up achievements, including the honor to be hailed as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year last 2016. In Penn State alone, he holds the record for the longest rushing yard performed by a freshman, clocking at 1,072 yards. On the following year, he made another school history by recording 1,496 rushing yards as a sophomore.
Many experts expect Barkley to leave college sports to play for the professional league. He’s projected to secure one of the top 5 picks in the upcoming 2018 NFL drafting process.
Barkley’s timely jumps and skillful spins earned him 30 touchdowns and over 3,000 all-purpose yards for the past 2 seasons. The uncanny ability of this 5’11”, 230-pound running back to pull away from chasers and evade defenders makes him a good candidate to win the Heisman Trophy this season. Only one player from the Nitanny Lions has won the Heisman Trophy – John Cappalletti back in 1973. However, the player says he focuses more on the team’s performance over winning the award.
In the recent interview of Barkley, many noticed that he’s a team player by heart. He remains down to earth despite of all the praises and expectations surrounding him. His attitude has made him more appealing not only to his fans but also to his teammates.
Many are anticipating Barkley’s announcement on his plans to go pro once the collegiate season finishes.