By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Friday, October 21
URBAN ON PSU RB SAQUON BARKLEY – HE HURT US LAST YEAR: Penn State has had some great running backs. Ki-Jana Carter. Curtis Enis. Larry Johnson. But when all is said and done true sophomore running back Saquon Barkley may end up being the best of the bunch. Barkley rushed for 1,076 yards as a freshman, the 13th highest single season total in Penn State history. This year, his 582 yards rushing ranks No. 4 in the Big 10 and he leads the conference with 9 touchdowns after six games. Barkley ran wild for 196 yards against OSU last year and Urban knows the Buckeyes need to get a handle on Saquon: “The kingpin of the whole offense is that tailback…I thought he hurt us last year. He’s a phenomenal player…You can have everything locked down and he creates plays…And that’s a little bit like our J.T. Barrett, and (receiver) Noah Brown, you’re covering him and he makes a play. Great players, that’s what makes them great. Even when it’s not there — because a lot of guys can do, when it’s wide open, go run the ball. But he’s dynamic.” Tim May with more.
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