Saquon Barkley is likely about to play his final game in a Penn State uniform, and Penn State’s backfield should have a different look in 2018.
So what advice did Barkley leave his heir apparent? Barkley told him to not completely erase his name in Penn State’s record books.
“Leave him some records,” Penn State running back Miles Sanders said with a smile when asked about what advice Barkley shared with him. Sanders, the top-ranked running back in the 2016 recruiting class, has been Barkley’s backup for the last two seasons.
Miles Sanders shares advice he got from Saquon Barkley
Penn State RB Miles Sanders arrived as a 5-star recruit in 2016. His opportunity awaits when Saquon Barkley heads to NFL.
James Franklin compared him to Aaron Rodgers behind Brett Favre (he was on Packers staff then).
What advice has Barkley given him? "Leave me some records." pic.twitter.com/9KgnWhWZd5
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Assuming Barkley declares for the 2018 NFL Draft and passes up his final year of eligibility with the Nittany Lions, Sanders is in position to be the team’s No. 1 running back next season. He could be in line for a breakout season after learning from one of the best players in Penn State history.
James Franklin, who previously was an assistant with the Green Bay Packers, compared Sanders’ time behind Barkley on the depth chart to that of Aaron Rodgers’ behind Brett Favre.
“When I was in Green Bay, we had Brett Favre, and we drafted Aaron Rodgers and Aaron was able to come there and sit behind Brett for a couple years and learn and take it all in,” Franklin said. “How many times do you see in that league, guys get drafted in the first round and they are forced to play, and sometimes they are not ready.
“So I look at that a little bit like with Miles, he’s been fortunate to sit behind a great player and a great person and a great leader and learn from him and allow himself to evolve into the job.”
Sanders took 25 carries for 176 yards and a touchdown during the 2017 season.