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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 threeyear

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 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 is amazing. He 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 is gonna help me tremendously.

How excited are you about becoming 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.

Is this a playoff team?

A: I believe that we have the talent to be a playoff team. Everybody in the NFL has the talent to be a playoff team.

We just gotta find a way to have one more points than our opponent every week.