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Penn State’s Saquon Barkley named FWAA, Associated Press first-team All-American

Barkley one of best around

Penn State football coach James Franklin talks Saquon Barkley.
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Penn State football coach James Franklin talks Saquon Barkley.

Days after finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, Saquon Barkley added another national honor.

Barkley is an Associated Press first-team All-American, making the list under the designation of “all-purpose player.”

Stanford’s Bryce Love and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny were the first-team running backs. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson were second-teamers, while Southern California’s Ronald Jones and Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary were on the third team.

Barkley was the lone Nittany Lion on the first, second or third team. He was one of seven Big Ten players on the first team, joining Ohio State center Billy Price, Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson and Ohio State corner Denzel Ward on the first team.

Barkley — whose 2,154 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns rank second and fifth, nationally — adds the All-American recognition to a long list of national honors. The Big Ten’s offensive player, running back and return specialist of the year, the Penn State junior was also named the Chicago Tribune Silver Football recipient and Paul Hornung Award winner as college football’s most versatile player.

Barkley will likely close out his college career when the No. 9 Nittany Lions face No. 11 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30.

John McGonigal: 814-231-4630, @jmcgonigal9

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