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Getting to Know N.Y. Giants Running Back Saquon Barkeley

NY Giants rookie running back, Saquon Barkeley played college football at Penn State for three seasons, running for 3,843 yards with 43 rushing touchdowns, while garnering 1,195 receiving yards with 8 touchdown receptions. He totaled 5,557 all-purpose yards in his three-year collegiate career. Barkley received national attention and finished fourth in Heisman trophy voting with 304 total votes and third in Maxwell Award voting. He also received multiple national and Big Ten Conference awards and recognition. During Barkley’s three-year collegiate career, he broke and set numerous Penn State Records including most rushing touchdowns in a career, most rushing yards by a freshman and sophomore as well as most total yards in a single game.

Name: Saquon Barkley

Born: Feb 7, 1997 in USA (Age: 21)

Drafted 2018: 1st Round, 2nd by New York GIants

College: Penn State

Salary: Barkley’s four-year contract will be worth a total of $31.2 million. Barkley’s guaranteed contract is the second-largest ever for a running back, behind only Adrian Peterson. Barkley will receive an estimated $20.8 million of that deal in a guaranteed signing bonus.

Grew up in: New York

Favorite team growing up: NY Jets

Favorite Running Back growing up: Curtis Martin

People are calling you the new face of the Giants franchise. How do you handle the attention you’ve been getting since being drafted by the Giants? A: People expect me to be this, to be that. Obviously people shape a career for me, or shape what I should be. But I already have a high standard for myself. I really don’t feel pressure from no one at all.

What do you think about your coach Pat Shurmur? A: Coach Shurmur knows the game very well. He’s very interactive with the players.He’s a leader. He’s very vocal. Having him as a coach as a rookie has helped me tremendously.

How is it being a part of this Giants offense with Eli & Odel? A: This is a very talented offense. You’ve got an established quarterback, a proven quarterback with two Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs. You’ve got one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, if not the best. In my opinion, personally, I think so. And you’ve got a young wide receiving corps and adding offensive linemen Will Hernandez and Nate Solder to the offensive line. If I can have the success that I had in college football, I think I would fit perfect in this offense. But right now, the way I see myself is coming in and learning from the guys, from the older guys, and lead at a young age. Getting the playbook and taking it day by day.

Has the NFL been what you expected? Is it easier, more difficult or what you expected? I think its what I expected. I knew it was going to be tough. With the help of my teammates and the vets I have had a very easy adjustment going into the NFL. I have had a lot of help. I just have a hard time with losing.

How disappointed were you with the start of this season? It sucks. I’m not gonna lie. I hate losing. We all hate losing. 1-5 is not acceptable, we’re too talented to be 1-5. Since than we’ve been doing much better.