Saquon Barkley has positioned himself well to make a run at college football’s top individual prize three games into the 2017 season.
According to a ESPN.com poll of college football analysts, Barkley is currently sitting in second place in the Heisman Trophy race. Only Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is ahead of the Penn State running back.
Baker holds the top spot for the second week in a row. pic.twitter.com/Jh4SNp4jHW
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 20, 2017
In the 12-expert panel, Barkley received one first-place vote, two second-place votes and five third-place votes. Mayfield received 11 first-place votes, while Barkley edged out Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph for second place.
Barkley is currently listed with the fourth-best odds to win the Heisman by Bovada at 9/1.
Through three games, Barkley has posted 548 total yards (307 rushing and 241 receiving) and five touchdowns. He’s notched a yard per carry mark of 8.1 and has just 38 attempts as Penn State has won its first three games by an average margin of 42.3 points per game.
You serious, @saquonb21?
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) September 17, 2017
There should be plenty more highlights for Barkley in Big Ten play, which starts for No. 5 Penn State on Saturday night at Iowa (7:30 ET, ABC).