Penn State sophomore running back Saquon Barkley was selected the Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week after Saturday’s performance against Iowa.
Barkley is the third Nittany Lion to win the award, joining Marcus Allen and Grant Haley.
Barkley posted 211 all-purpose yards in the victory vs. the Hawkeyes, with 167 yards rushing and 44 yards receiving. He also found the end zone twice, once on the ground and once in the air on his only reception of the game.
Barkley’s 100-plus-yard rushing performance was the ninth such game of his career and fourth this season. He is the first player to have back-to-back games with more than 200 all-purpose yards since Larry Johnson in 2002 (289 yards vs. Michigan State and 327 yards at Indiana).
With his performance Saturday, Barkley tops the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second-straight season (1,055). He is the eighth Penn State player to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons, joining John Cappelletti, Ki-Jana Carter, Curtis Enis, Tony Hunt, Evan Royster, Blair Thomas and Curt Warner. He has 2,131 rushing yards in his career, which has him in 15th place at Penn State.
McGovern earns Big Ten honor: True freshman guard Connor McGovern was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week following a strong performance against Iowa on Saturday night.
The Nittany Lions have had at least one Big Ten weekly honoree in each of their last five games, marking the first time in program history that Penn State has accomplished the feat.
McGovern is the first offensive lineman in Penn State history to win a Big Ten weekly award. He is also just the third offensive lineman to win a conference weekly honor, joining Ohio State’s Korey Stringer (1994) and Michigan State’s Sean Poole (2004), who both won Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Stringer and Pooler were both tackles.
McGovern was the leader of an offensive line that helped the offense post 599 total yards against the Hawkeyes. The unit also allowed just one sack in that contest and the Lions didn’t have a single three-and-out possession.
Kickoff time set for Indiana game: The Nittany Lions travel to Indiana on Saturday to take on the Hoosiers. with kickoff slated for noon.
The game will air on ABC locally.