Penn State's Saquon Barkley sweeps three major individual Big Ten football awards
- Penn State junior running back Saquon Barkley won three major individual Big Ten awards on Thursday.
- Barkley was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
- Barkley was also named Big Ten Running Back of the Year.
- Barkley was also named Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year.
It was a history-making day for Penn State junior running back Saquon Barkley.
Barkley dominated the Big Ten major individual awards announced on Thursday.
Barkley was named the 2017 Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, the 2017 Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year and the 2017 Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year.
Barkley is the second player in conference history to win three major awards, joining Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers (Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, Return Specialist of the Year) in 2016. He is the first Penn Stater to accomplish the feat.
Barkley claims his second-straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and is the first player to do so since Ohio State’s Braxton Miller in 2012 and 2013. Barkley is the third player to win multiple Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors (Miller; Drew Brees, Purdue in 1998 and 2000) and is the first running back to win multiple Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors.
The Coplay, Pennsylvania. native is the first back-to-back Big Ten Running Back of the Year since Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (2011 and 2012). He is the first Penn State player to be Return Specialist of the Year (award established in 2015).
It's the fifth time a Penn State player has won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (Kerry Collins, 1994; Curtis Enis, 1997; Michael Robinson, 2005; Barkley, 2016). He is the first Penn State player to win Big Ten OPOY twice.
Barkley ranks No. 2 in the Football Bowl Subdivision and leads the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (179.50). He's returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Barkley has rushed for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 47 passes for 594 yards and three more touchdowns.
Other Big Ten awards: The other major Big Ten individual awards announced Thursday were:
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Josey Jewell, Iowa.
Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin.
Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote): Paul Chryst, Wisconsin.
Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote): Paul Chryst, Wisconsin.
Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State.
Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: DJ Moore, Maryland.
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin.
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Billy Price, Ohio State.
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Nick Bosa, Ohio State.
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Josey Jewell, Iowa.
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Josh Jackson, Iowa.
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Griffin Oakes, Indiana.
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Ryan Anderson, Rutgers.
Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award: Chad Greenway, Iowa.
Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award: Troy Vincent, Wisconsin.