Penn State running back Saquon Barkley adds more first-team All-America honors


Penn State junior running back Saquon Barkley added more All-America honors to his record-breaking career with berths on the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America first teams as an all-purpose player on Monday.

Saquon Barkley. FILE PHOTO

He was also named second-team All-America running back by USA Today.

Barkley has already collected several honors this season, winning the Paul Hornung Award for college football’s most versatile player and dominating the Big Ten major awards, winning 2017 Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, 2017 Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year and 2017 Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year, as well as winning the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for the second-straight year for the conference’s best player.

The Coplay, Pennsylvania native also finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting and became the 100th first-team All-American in Penn State history. He had previously garnered first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp (running back)

He was also a finalist for three other national awards — Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. 

Oklahoma has three All-Americans: No. 2 Oklahoma will bring three All-Americans to the College Football Playoff.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield, offensive tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews of Oklahoma were selected to the AP, giving the Sooners more players on the first team than any school.

Four of the top five vote-getters for the Heisman Trophy made the first team, including Barkley and Mayfield. Stanford’s Bryce Love, the Heisman runner-up, and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, the nation’s leading rusher and fifth-place finisher for the Heisman, were the first-team running backs.

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, last year’s Heisman winner and All-America quarterback, was selected to the second team.