Cyclone players upset Saquon Barkley won Paul Hornung Award

Cyclone players upset Saquon Barkley won Paul Hornung Award

It was announced Wednesday morning by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) has been selected as the Paul Hornung Award victor for the most versatile player in college football.

"It is an honor to win an award like the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football", Barkley said in a statement.

Added Penn State head coach James Franklin: "I am thrilled for Saquon to join this elite list of Paul Hornung Award winners".

Last season, Barkley had his most explosive year as a rusher, racking up 1,496 yards and 18 scores. No Penn State player had ever won the award prior to Barkley. Knowing that opposing defenses would be poised to stop him from running the ball, the Penn State coaching staff had to find other ways to get the ball into his hands.

In addition to being named first team running back, Barkley also was tabbed as first team for the "all-purpose" position. His 594 receiving yards are second-most by an FBS running backs, and the junior's 28.4 yards per kick return ranks third-best among Power 5 players.

Penn State star Saquon Barkley may have missed out on an invitation to New York City for this weekend's Heisman Trophy ceremony, but he was able to add an important piece of hardware to his trophy case.

The Whitehall High graduate also became the first Big Ten player to win running back, returner and offensive player-of-the-year awards.

Penn State has one more game remaining in the 2017 season - a matchup with Washington on December 30 in the Fiesta Bowl. He's also still up for the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

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