Saquon Barkley said he isn’t sure what the future holds after the regular season, whether the Nittany Lions will make it to a New Year’s Six bowl or not.
But, whatever bowl game Penn State is invited to, Barkley said Saturday night he isn’t sitting out.
“Me, personally, I have two games left,” the running back said after Saturday night’s win over Nebraska. “And I’m ready to play.”
There’s been a recent precedent set among first-round running backs. Stanford’s Christian McCaffery and LSU’s Leonard Fournette didn’t play in their respective bowl games last year.
Barkley understands why they didn’t play; he mentioned that Fournette was a bit banged up, and each person is different. So are their decisions and reasonings behind it.
But the Heisman Trophy candidate refuses to finish his Penn State career on the sidelines.
If he’s healthy, he’s playing in the postseason.
“It’s important to me because I love football,” Barkley said. “God blessed me with the opportunity to play the sport I love. And to be really honest, my teammates. If my teammates came out and said, ‘Don’t play in the bowl game. We don’t want you playing in the bowl game. You don’t need to,’ then I probably wouldn’t.
“But at the end of the day, I’m playing for my teammates. I’m playing for my brothers. At the end of the day, from the offseason on, blood, sweat and tears. And the coaches, too. Blood, sweat and tears. I wouldn’t be the player I am without those people.”