There are highlights, and then there’s what Penn State running back Saquon Barkley did to Illinois earlier this afternoon.
This is more than a highlight. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be to call it a super highlight. Barkley certainly looked like Superman
Already up 25-zip and knocking on the door of another score, Barkley gave us this incredible jumping touchdown run.
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We’ve seen jumping touchdowns before. In fact, they’re so common that it seems like a new highlight comes out every week on one. They normally end with a flip, as the running back is so desperate to get into the end zone that he takes to the air, usually getting his legs chopped out from underneath him by a diving defender.
Here’s what makes Barkley’s touchdown so special.
1) He started his jump from right about the four yard line. Not only does that show that he has a ton of confidence in his athleticism, but it says something about him as a player. With that lead, he could have easily lowered his shoulder and lived to fight another down. That’s obviously not the type of player he is.
2) Perhaps most impressive about this jumping touchdown is the fact that Barkley wasn’t actually flipped, though. Like running backs are taught to do, he kept his feet moving and utilized his high-knee technique. So even in the air, he actually kept running; which allowed him to still run over the defender. In the air…
This was incredible.