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Penn State RB Saquon Barkley: "I Feel Really Good"

After sustaining an ankle injury vs. Michigan State last Saturday, the man called the "heartbeat" of the Nittany Lions says he expects to play in the B1G title game vs. Wisconsin this week.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley said on a conference call Monday afternoon that he is “feeling fine” and expects to play in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis.

“I feel really good,” said Barkley, who appeared to injure his right ankle in the third quarter of last Saturday’s regular-season-ending 45-12 victory over Michigan State. “I’ve been getting treatment, taking it day by day and trying to get ready for the game this weekend.” http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1699771-flipped-w...

Barkley did not return after suffering his injury, and was getting treatment in the trainer’s room as his teammates closed out the victory, which, combined with Ohio State’s double-overtime victory over Michigan, gave the Nittany Lions (10-2) the Big Ten East title. 

There isn’t a television in that room, he said, so he followed the action on his phone.

“I was screaming … and just so hyped up for those guys,” he said.

He remained in the trainer’s room as his teammates celebrated on the field. Only later was he able to hold the divisional championship trophy and don a souvenir baseball cap.

“It was a moment I’ll never forget,” he said. “It was really special.”

Barkley, who quarterback Trace McSorley called “the heartbeat of our team on offense,” has rushed for 1,219 yards this season, second-most in the conference to the 1,300 of Northwestern’s Justin Jackson. Barkley is third in the Big Ten in yards per game, at 103.6, to Jackson and Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who has totaled 1,140 but has played one fewer game.

Barkley also has a conference-leading 17 touchdowns to date, and is tops in all-purpose yardage (1,563) as well.

“He’s one of the hardest-working guys on this team,” said McSorley, who also spoke on Monday’s conference call, “and he’s one of the best leaders on this team.”

McSorley, who threw for career highs of 376 yards and four touchdowns against the Spartans, leads the FBS in yards per completion (16.17) and is atop the conference in passing efficiency. He has completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,976 yards and 21 touchdowns, with five interceptions.

He credited the offensive line for his play — “Everything we do starts up front with those guys,” he said — but added that the threat Barkley poses also opens up the passing game.

“I think that’s helped us to be able to get one-on-one matchups on the outside with our receivers,” he said.

McSorley called Wisconsin’s defense “solid” and added, “They’re not going to beat themselves. They’re not going to make mistakes, so you’ve got to stick to your game plan, trust what the coaches see and trust what the game plan has … and just kind of let those (big) plays come, don’t try and force them.” http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1732444-bc-commit...

Finally the QB was asked whether he believed the Big Ten was the best conference, and whether the winner of Saturday’s game should be strongly considered for the College Football Playoff. The Badgers (10-2) were No. 6 in the CFP rankings through last week, while PSU was No. 7.

“I’m just worried about our game,” he said. “I’m not worried about playoffs or any other thing. I’m just worried about what we need to do on Saturday to win. All that other stuff we’ll just let play out on its own.”


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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley said on a conference call Monday afternoon that he is “feeling fine” and expects to play in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis.

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“I feel really good,” said Barkley, who appeared to injure his right ankle in the third quarter of last Saturday’s regular-season-ending 45-12 victory over Michigan State. “I’ve been getting treatment, taking it day by day and trying to get ready for the game this weekend.” http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1699771-flipped-w...

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Barkley did not return after suffering his injury, and was getting treatment in the trainer’s room as his teammates closed out the victory, which, combined with Ohio State’s double-overtime victory over Michigan, gave the Nittany Lions (10-2) the Big Ten East title. 

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There isn’t a television in that room, he said, so he followed the action on his phone.

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“I was screaming … and just so hyped up for those guys,” he said.

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He remained in the trainer’s room as his teammates celebrated on the field. Only later was he able to hold the divisional championship trophy and don a souvenir baseball cap.

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“It was a moment I’ll never forget,” he said. “It was really special.”

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Barkley, who quarterback Trace McSorley called “the heartbeat of our team on offense,” has rushed for 1,219 yards this season, second-most in the conference to the 1,300 of Northwestern’s Justin Jackson. Barkley is third in the Big Ten in yards per game, at 103.6, to Jackson and Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who has totaled 1,140 but has played one fewer game.

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Barkley also has a conference-leading 17 touchdowns to date, and is tops in all-purpose yardage (1,563) as well.

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“He’s one of the hardest-working guys on this team,” said McSorley, who also spoke on Monday’s conference call, “and he’s one of the best leaders on this team.”

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McSorley, who threw for career highs of 376 yards and four touchdowns against the Spartans, leads the FBS in yards per completion (16.17) and is atop the conference in passing efficiency. He has completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,976 yards and 21 touchdowns, with five interceptions.

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He credited the offensive line for his play — “Everything we do starts up front with those guys,” he said — but added that the threat Barkley poses also opens up the passing game.

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“I think that’s helped us to be able to get one-on-one matchups on the outside with our receivers,” he said.

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McSorley called Wisconsin’s defense “solid” and added, “They’re not going to beat themselves. They’re not going to make mistakes, so you’ve got to stick to your game plan, trust what the coaches see and trust what the game plan has … and just kind of let those (big) plays come, don’t try and force them.” http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1732444-bc-commit...

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Finally the QB was asked whether he believed the Big Ten was the best conference, and whether the winner of Saturday’s game should be strongly considered for the College Football Playoff. The Badgers (10-2) were No. 6 in the CFP rankings through last week, while PSU was No. 7.

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“I’m just worried about our game,” he said. “I’m not worried about playoffs or any other thing. I’m just worried about what we need to do on Saturday to win. All that other stuff we’ll just let play out on its own.”

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley said on a conference call Monday afternoon that he is “feeling fine” and expects to play in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis.

“I feel really good,” said Barkley, who appeared to injure his right ankle in the third quarter of last Saturday’s regular-season-ending 45-12 victory over Michigan State. “I’ve been getting treatment, taking it day by day and trying to get ready for the game this weekend.” http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1699771-flipped-w...

Barkley did not return after suffering his injury, and was getting treatment in the trainer’s room as his teammates closed out the victory, which, combined with Ohio State’s double-overtime victory over Michigan, gave the Nittany Lions (10-2) the Big Ten East title.

There isn’t a television in that room, he said, so he followed the action on his phone.

“I was screaming … and just so hyped up for those guys,” he said.

He remained in the trainer’s room as his teammates celebrated on the field. Only later was he able to hold the divisional championship trophy and don a souvenir baseball cap.

“It was a moment I’ll never forget,” he said. “It was really special.”

Barkley, who quarterback Trace McSorley called “the heartbeat of our team on offense,” has rushed for 1,219 yards this season, second-most in the conference to the 1,300 of Northwestern’s Justin Jackson. Barkley is third in the Big Ten in yards per game, at 103.6, to Jackson and Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who has totaled 1,140 but has played one fewer game.

Barkley also has a conference-leading 17 touchdowns to date, and is tops in all-purpose yardage (1,563) as well.

“He’s one of the hardest-working guys on this team,” said McSorley, who also spoke on Monday’s conference call, “and he’s one of the best leaders on this team.”

McSorley, who threw for career highs of 376 yards and four touchdowns against the Spartans, leads the FBS in yards per completion (16.17) and is atop the conference in passing efficiency. He has completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,976 yards and 21 touchdowns, with five interceptions.

He credited the offensive line for his play — “Everything we do starts up front with those guys,” he said — but added that the threat Barkley poses also opens up the passing game.

“I think that’s helped us to be able to get one-on-one matchups on the outside with our receivers,” he said.

McSorley called Wisconsin’s defense “solid” and added, “They’re not going to beat themselves. They’re not going to make mistakes, so you’ve got to stick to your game plan, trust what the coaches see and trust what the game plan has … and just kind of let those (big) plays come, don’t try and force them.” http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1732444-bc-commit...

Finally the QB was asked whether he believed the Big Ten was the best conference, and whether the winner of Saturday’s game should be strongly considered for the College Football Playoff. The Badgers (10-2) were No. 6 in the CFP rankings through last week, while PSU was No. 7.

“I’m just worried about our game,” he said. “I’m not worried about playoffs or any other thing. I’m just worried about what we need to do on Saturday to win. All that other stuff we’ll just let play out on its own.”

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