Although Saquon Barkley has declared for the draft and will move on to the NFL, his final season at Penn State will not be soon forgotten.
As a result of his strong 2017 campaign, Barkley has been named one of the 21 candidates for the Lombardi Award. The award used to be presented to a linebacker or defensive lineman, but is now given to a college football player, regardless of position, based on character, performance, leadership and resiliency.
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The other candidates for the award include Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Bryce Love, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
On Jan. 22, the list will be trimmed to seven finalists.
In 13 games as Penn State’s running back this past season, Barkley rushed for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns on 217 carries.