In a country filled with great running backs, it’s really hard to choose the best.
But Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said Monday that Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is “maybe the best running back in the country.” The Nittany Lions sophomore ran for 105 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Penn State’s 33-13 win over Kent State on Saturday.
Penn State and Pitt play this Saturday.
Of #PennState's Saquon Barkley, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi says he's "maybe the best tailback in the country."
— Mark Wogenrich (@MarkWogenrich) September 5, 2016
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook listed 12 running backs in its preseason Heisman odds, with Barkley at 80-to-1. He was among some elite company — Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), Leonard Fournette (LSU), Dalvin Cook (Florida State), Samaje Perine (Oklahoma), Bo Scarbrough (Alabama), Royce Freeman (Oregon), Damien Harris (Alabama), Corey Clement (Wisconsin) and Jalen Hurd (Tennessee) all had better odds than Barkley.
Barkley ran for 1,076 yards and seven scores in 11 games last year, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. In 2016, he’s already doing stupid things.
Saquon Barkley turned nothing into something, then was angry he didn't get more. One of the reasons he's so special pic.twitter.com/yqzzDlFFXF
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) September 4, 2016
— Andrew Callahan (@ACallahan_LDN) September 5, 2016
Barkley may not be the best, but he’s certainly in the discussion.