For the first and certainly not the last time this season, Saquon Barkley was recognized for his stellar play.
Barkley was named the Big Ten’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week after tallying 246 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Penn State’s 52-0 win over Akron on Saturday.
The junior — whose Heisman Trophy campaign launched over the weekend on Penn State’s official site — made an unbelievable first impression on the award’s voters. Barkley racked up 172 rushing yards, caught three passes for 54 yards and averaged 13.67 yards per touch.
Barkley shared the conference honor with another fellow Heisman candidate: Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. The senior signal-caller accounted for 365 yards and four touchdowns in Ohio State’s 49-21 win over Indiana on Thursday.
This is Barkley’s third weekly conference honor. He’ll have a chance to get No. 4 against Pitt.