Saquon Barkley wins Paul Hornung Award

Nov 25, 2017; College Park, MD, USA; Penn State kick returner Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Maryland Terrapins defense at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State Nittany Lions junior running back Saquon Barkley has won the Paul Hornung Award, which is a distinction given to the nation’s most versatile player, according to college football insider Brett McMurphy.

While not a Heisman Trophy finalist, Barkley has had a spectacular season in which he has scored a touchdown in four different ways.

In 12 games, he has carried the ball 199 times for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per attempt. In addition, he has caught 47 passes for 594 yards and three scores and has served as a deadly kick returner, racking up 426 kickoff return yards while reaching the end zone twice.

But that’s not all.

Barkley has even thrown a touchdown pass this season and has completed both of his pass attempts.

The Bronx, N.Y. native arrived at Penn State in 2015 and immediately flashed his ability as a rusher, finishing with 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry during his freshman campaign. He scored just one touchdown as a receiver that year, though, and did not return a single kickoff.

Last season, Barkley had his most explosive year as a rusher, racking up 1,496 yards and 18 scores. He also averaged 5.5 yards per attempt. Plus, he began expanding his game as a receiver, hauling in 28 receptions for 402 yard while finding the end zone four times.

Penn State went 10-2 during the regular season, ending the year on a three-game winning streak which was capped by a 66-3 win over the Maryland Terrapins on Nov. 25.

The Nittany Lions will take on the Washington Huskies in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30.

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