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.
On Wednesday morning, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Barkley as the winner of the 2017 Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation’s most versatile player.
“It is an honor to win an award like the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in college football,” Saquon Barkley said in a statement.
“I am so appreciative of Mr. Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission for selecting me for this very special honor. I have to give a lot of the credit to my teammates and coaches, they are the reason that I am in position to win this award and I could not have done it without them. I also want to thank our amazing fans at Penn State. We Are!”
This season, Barkley rushed for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a receiver, the star running back hauled in 47 catches for 594 yards and three scores. Barkley also added one touchdown pass and two kickoff returns for a touchdown in 2017.
Barkley will be honored on March 7, 2018 at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet in Louisville.