PSU's Barkley is Big Ten Offensive Player of Year
- Penn State's Saquon Barkley is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
- Barkley was also named the Big Ten Running Back of the Year.
- Barkley leads the Big Ten with 17 touchdowns and 130.3 all-purpose yards per game.
The honors keep pouring in for the Penn State football team.
One day after James Franklin was named the Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year by media members who cover the conference, Saquon Barkley became the newest Nittany Lion to garner some significant league hardware.
The sophomore running back from Coplay was recognized as the Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year Wednesday. Barkley was also named to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and media, which made him a unanimous first-team choice.
PSU sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley from Ashburn, Virginia, garnered All-Big Ten second-team accolades from both the coaches and the media, while Mike Gesicki from Manahawkin, New Jersey, was a second-team selection by the media and an honorable mention pick by the coaches.
In addition, PSU wide receiver Chris Godwin was an All-Big Ten third-team honoree for the media and honorable mention for the coaches, while center Brian Gaia made the honorable mention list for the coaches and media.
The 5-foot, 11-inch, 223-pound Barkley is the fourth Nittany Lion to win Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, joining Kerry Collins (1994), Curtis Enis (1997) and Michael Robinson (2005). He leads the Big Ten with 17 touchdowns and 130.3 all-purpose yards per game. Barkley ran for more than 200 yards twice this season against Maryland and Purdue.
In addition, Barkley becomes the first Penn State player to earn the Running Back of the Year honor, which was introduced in 2011
McSorley leads all Football Bowl Subdivision passers in yards per completion (16.17 yards per completion) and leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency at 150.9.
Gesicki leads the Big Ten in receptions by a tight end with 44 and receiving yards by a tight end with 610.
Godwin leads Penn State with 47 receptions for 762 yards, averaging 16.2 yards per catch.
Gaia is the only player on the PSU offensive line to start every game this season in the same position.
Penn State finished the regular season 10-2 overall and 8-1 in Big Ten play and will take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. Saturday on Fox.
Barkley injured his right leg in PSU's regular-season finale, a 45-12 victory over Michigan State, but he said he expects to play Saturday.
Other awards: The other major Big Ten offensive awards handed out Wednesday were:
— Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award: Trent Green, Indiana.
— Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award: Reggie McKenzie, Michigan.
— Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year: Mike Weber, Ohio State.
— Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State.
— Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Austin Carr, Northwestern.
— Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Jake Butt, Michigan.
— Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Pat Elflein, Ohio State.