Scouting Report: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Bronx, NY | 5106 | 223 | 4.42E | 2019

Barkley has phenomenal balance and excellent vision. He is an athletic specimen that has a unique ability to hurdle defenders at will and hit the ground running, almost as if he didn’t break stride. He is not a violent runner but he is a superb contact runner that has a nasty straight arm and also understands how to take a glancing hit, contort his body and run behind his pads. Barkley has explosive jump cuts that leave would be tacklers grasping at air and he possesses a legitimate third gear that can leave defenders lost in his wake. The kid’s a motivated gym rat that squatted 495 pounds seven times, cleaned 390 pounds and ran a 4.38 forty this winter. Barkley is a quality receiver that also translates his natural power very well into his pass blocking. He consistently beats the first defender and has the creativity to string moves together, as his balance provides for a very effective spin move and his explosiveness gives him the ability to out juke any player on the field. Barkley is a complete back with very few weaknesses to his game and his running style is very reminiscent of LaDainian Tomlinson.


2016: Started all 14 games…Became the first Penn State player since Larry Johnson in 2002 (289 yards vs. Michigan State and 327 yards at Indiana) to post back-to-back game with 200-plus all-purpose yards, gaining 211 vs. Iowa (11/5) and 277 at Purdue (10/29)…Became the first Penn Stater with multiple 200-yard rushing games in a season since Larry Johnson (4) in 2002 when he rushed for 202 yards versus Maryland (10/8) and 207 yards at Purdue (10/29)…Six rushing touchdowns in the first three games of the season were the most by a Penn State player since Evan Royster (6) in 2008…Seven combined offensive touchdowns (6 rushing, 1 receiving) were the most by a Penn State player since Lydell Mitchell had seven to begin the 1971 season.

2015: Appeared in 11 games with six starts, missing two games due to injury…Made his first career start at Maryland (10/24)…Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start a game…Was one of five true freshmen to see action…Had five 100-yard rushing performances…Had 34 rushes of 10 or more yards with season-long runs of 56 yards at Ohio State and vs. Michigan…Logged runs of 54 and 40 yards against Rutgers…Had 310 yards in back-to-back games against Buffalo and Rutgers, which was the highest total by a true freshman RB in a two-game span since D.J. Dozier had 359 in 1983 (vs. Rutgers and Alabama)…Is only the second true freshman to have back-to-back 100-yard games, joining Dozier, who had four consecutive 100-yard games in 1983…Is the first PSU RB to have back-to-back games (Buffalo & Rutgers) with a 100-yard rushing quarter since Larry Johnson in 2002 against Indiana and Michigan State.

High School: Three-year letterman and team captain his senior year at Whitehall High School for head coach Brian Gilbert…First-team all-state (AAAA) by Pennsylvania Football News…Selected as 2014 Mr. PA Football for Class AAA/AAAA…Participated in The Opening, held on Nike’s campus in summer 2014…Played in Offense-Defense Bowl…Rushed for 1,856 yards, 8.6 yards per carry and recorded 31 total touchdowns his senior year…Had three interceptions and five tackles for loss as a senior…Two-time All-Lehigh Valley Conference selection…Helped lead Whitehall to league titles as a sophomore and junior…Rushed for 1,506 yards and recorded 27 touchdowns as a junior…Tallied 284 rushing yards and five total scores as a sophomore…Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout…Ranked as the ninth-best running back in the nation and the top prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports…Rated by Scout among the top five prospects in the state…Lettered in basketball and track…Won the gold medal in the eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys 100 meters.

Personal: Full name is Saquon Barkley…Son of Alibay Barkley and Tonya Johnson…Has two brothers, Rashard Johnson and Ali Barkley, and two sisters, Shaquona and Aliyah Barkley…Father participated in boxing in college…Brother, Rashard, played football and wrestled…Great uncle is former WBC middleweight champion Iran Barkley…Hobbies include working out, hanging out with friends and reading…Majoring in journalism…Born February 7, 1997 in Bronx, New York.