Penn State running back Saquon Barkley left Saturday’s game against Temple with an ankle injury while limping off the field after only one carry:
Uh oh… ????
Saquon Barkley limps off the field after his first carry. pic.twitter.com/4pnSUqcE5g
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) September 17, 2016
The sophomore from Coplay, Pennsylvania began 2016 building off a phenomenally successful rookie season. He has 190 yards and six total touchdowns in Penn State’s first two games, including five against Pitt last week. Despite his huge scoring output against Pitt, the Nittany Lions lost, and Barkley focused on his mistake, a fumble in the third quarter, rather than his point total.
Barkley ran for 1,076 yards and seven scores last season, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He broke Penn State’s freshman season rushing yards record, surpassing D.J. Dozier’s 1,002, set back in 1983. He also tied Dozier with seven rushing touchdowns and five games of at least 100 rushing yards. He is 40th all-time in career rushing yards for Penn State and last season finished with the 16th most yards in program history.
His huge season resulted in many awards. He made the second team All-Big Ten by coaches and the media. He was named to Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and USA Today’s Freshman All-America team. ESPN gave him True Freshman All-American honors as well. He also won Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors twice.
Despite Barkley’s huge season, Penn State only ended up 7-6 and lost in the TaxSlayer Bowl. The first couple games of the new season indicate that more good things are coming from Barkley. However, it would be a major blow to Penn State if their workhorse running back missed significant time.