Penn State using behind Saquon Barkley, a stream Heisman front curtain in college football, is on gait to have a beast year in 2017, a fact underscored by his performances all deteriorate opposite defenses offered out to stop him.
And he was one College Football Hall of Famer vehemence about his pro prospects.
Barkley has 649 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns this year, notwithstanding teams stacking a box to try to extent him. And Jack Ham, one of a best linebackers in NFL story as good as a Penn State alum, thinks Barkley is prepared to surpass on Sundays.
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Ham, a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker with 8 Pro Bowl selections as good as 4 Super Bowl rings, thinks Barkley is one of a best players in a nation and entirely honourable of a Heisman buzz.
“I consider that a lot of goes with how a deteriorate goes,” Ham told Sporting News. “You’re removing into this thick of a Big Ten deteriorate (which) is extremely difficult. You have back-to-back with Ohio State and Michigan. we consider he’ll be out there in a brew out there in New York. But his possibility of winning it goes with how good a deteriorate goes for Penn State.”
He also likens Barkley to a star using behind in a NFL: “The man he reminds me of a small bit of him since of a track using is Le’Veon Bell.”
Barkley, he says, is a opposite runner. But he sees some similarities, and that’s positively high praise. Bell, coincidentally, is entrance off his possess large weekend with 179 rushing yards and a touchdown in the Steelers’ win over a Chiefs.
And Ham, now a radio researcher for Penn State, thinks Barkley could be a tip collect in subsequent spring’s NFL draft.
“Without a doubt, Mel Kiper has him going No. 2 right now. He’s such a good receiver out there,” Ham said. “At times this year, he has led a group in rushing and receiving, during slightest dual or 3 games this year. He’s an superb route-runner out of a backfield as well.
“If he stays healthy this year, if goes past No. 3 I’ll be shocked. He’s a unequivocally good player.”
Last spring, Ham pronounced he watched Barkley run a 4.33 in a 40-yard dash. Later, in training camp, he saw him dust off a 4.34 time. Neither run, Hamm insists, was wind-aided.
Ham perceived his possess appreciation recently, being named a Hometown Hall of Famers recipient. The Hometown Hall of Famers is a inhabitant module that honors a hometown roots of a biggest heroes of a diversion with a board loyalty and display to a Hall of Famer’s school, finished in and with a Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford.
“They’ve combined a height where Hall of Famers can go behind to their hometown or their university and appreciate them for what they did for that player,” Ham said. “I consider it’s a good thing what they’re doing, let me do that during Penn State and giving them a plaque. You’re 18-year aged and looking to find instruction for life — your college module does that and that’s what happened to me here during Penn State.”