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Saquon Barkley, Penn State offense earn national, conference honors

JOHN McGONIGAL
Centre Daily Times (TNS)
  • Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Award.
  • Barkley and teammate Mike Gesicki, a tight end, were both named first-team All-Big Ten.
  • Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was named second-team All-Big Ten.

Saquon Barkley and the Nittany Lions had quite the Tuesday morning.

First, former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead’s move to Mississippi State became official. Then, Barkley and several offensive teammates were showered with awards.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Award.

Barkley was named one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Award, presented to college football’s player of the year, moments after he was dubbed first-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. Barkley — who’s also a finalist for the Maxwell, Paul Hornung and Doak Walker Awards — joins 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Bryce Love and San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny on the Walter Camp list.

Barkley has rushed for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 47 passes for 594 yards and three more touchdowns.

In addition to the national love, Barkley picked up first-team all-conference honors for the second straight season. He wasn’t alone on the list, either.

Tight end Mike Gesicki (51 catches, 501 yards, nine touchdowns) was a first-team selection by the media and a second-teamer by the coaches.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley — who leads the Big Ten with 3,228 passing yards — was a second-team pick by both coaches and media. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, who has 42 touchdowns responsible for to McSorley’s 37, was the first-team selection.

Senior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (48 catches, 747 yards, seven touchdowns) was a second- and third-team pick by the coaches and media, respectively. Offensive tackle Ryan Bates, who missed almost four whole games to end the season, was a third-team rep. Wideout Juwan Johnson (48 catches, 635 yards, one touchdown) was named honorable mention.

In all, Penn State had 17 players represented on the offensive, defensive and special teams lists.

The Big Ten releases its individual awards on Thursday.