Penn State freshman running back Saquon Barkley burned it up on the field last season, rushing for more than 1,000 yards. This winter, he is killing it in off-season workouts, too.
The Nittany Lions are testing this week, and to say Barkley has been the star of the show would be an understatement. According to strength and conditioning coach Dwight Galt, Barkley is a once-in-a-decade type of athlete. That said, Galt has not annointed him the best in the program just yet.
He explained that players are rated in three groups, with Tier 1 being guys who need to improve the most, Tier 2 better than Tier 1, and Tier 3 being the best.
"There's gonna come a time when he goes to what we call Tier 3,” Galt said of Barkley. "Right now we only have nine guys in Tier 3. They're the elite guys in the program.”
We'd expect that promotion to happy pretty soon. Above, you can see Barkley squatting 495 pounds seven times. Earlier in the week, he tied the program record in the clean by doing 390 (see tweet below). Further, he improved his program running back-best 40-yard dash from 4.43 last summer to 4.39. And he bench-pressed 390, which shattered the old running back record of 365.