Saquon Barkley Standout Season
By CJ Wittman
The Whitehall graduate, Saquon Barkley, clearly had a standout year making his debut at Penn State for football. The freshman battled through an ankle injury, causing him to miss a few games. However, he persevered and proved to everyone he deserved a starting position midway through the season.
Saquon Barkley ran 115 yards with one touchdown during his second game of the season, proving he was the real deal. After coming back from the ankle injury, the freshman rushed for 194 yards on only 26 carries against the number one ranked team in the nation, Ohio State. The game included a phenomenal hurdle over a defender that exploded on social media. Barkley finished the season with 15 catches for 148 yards throughout the season, and 1,155 yards on the ground in just 12 games.
Barkley won many awards in highschool including Mr. Pennsylvania Football. Though impressive, his accomplishments on the collegiate level may be even better. Saquon was the 2x Big Ten Freshman of the Week in his first year in college. He was also awarded the BTN.com Freshman of the Year award, as well as making the Second Team All-Big Ten team.
The Penn State running back and Lehigh Valley local has clearly made an impact on the football world at his new home. With an outstanding freshman season, local and distant college football fans can’t wait to see what Saquon brings to the field next year.