Penn State's Saquon Barkley wins Paul Hornung Award for his versatility

Nov 25 2017 College Park MD USA Penn State kick returner Saquon Barkley runs the ball against the Maryland Terrapins defense at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

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He is the second player in Big Ten history to win three major conference awards, joining last year's Paul Hornung Award victor, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers (Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, Return Specialist of the Year).

Barkley, a 5-foot-11, 230-pound junior who became the first Nittany Lion to win the award, led the Big Ten and finished second in the nation in all-purpose yards with an average of 179.5 per game.

Barkley did get a fair share of other honors this week, though. He also threw a touchdown pass. "I have to give a lot of the credit to my teammates and coaches".

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Barkley was also a finalist for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards, but lost out on both as Stanford's Bryce Love won the Walker, given to the nation's best running back, while the Maxwell Football Club trophy, given annually to the best overall player, went to Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.

Saquon Barkley sat alongside Penn State head coach James Franklin and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, looking on twice to see if he would take home a national honor. Barkley - who set a conference record for six Big Ten weekly awards this season - is the only player in the country to rack up 1,000 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and 400 return yards. The victor of both of those awards will be announced Thursday night during the College Football Awards show on ESPN at 7 p.m.

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