Penn State fans have know, for a long while, just how gifted Saquon Barkley is.
It started to set in on the national college football scene earlier this year in the Rose Bowl, when Barkley did this:
And it has continued through the early stages of the 2017 season until Saturday, when he went from merely being an impressive, dominant force to a surreal one. A force that has made the nation take notice.
Barkley should be firmly atop the Heisman Trophy race as September winds down, after his 28-carry, 211-yard, 12-catch, 94-yard dismantling of Iowa’s stout defense. A game in which he ran around, through, past and over — literally, all of those things — the Hawkeyes.
Personally, it’s the best football game I’ve ever seen anybody play. Ever. At any level. From the best player I’ve ever seen, at any level. And, I’m thinking hard about today, the best player I’ve ever covered, in any sport.
Don’t care about my opinion?
OK. But the most amazing thing about last night was how many professional athletes were evidently watching on ABC. And, how many of them were amazed enough by Barkley’s performance that they felt compelled to Tweet about it. I don’t know how Saquon Barkley can stay humble after he reads some of these. But, here’s guessing he’ll find a way to do that too:
Barkley is the real deal ! #PennState
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) September 24, 2017
Barkley special frfr
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) September 24, 2017
Saquon Barkley is 💪🏽. Never watched him before this game and damn he's impressive!
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) September 24, 2017
Saquon Barkley is hands down the best player in college football
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) September 24, 2017
He gets hit by a huge defender, still lands and runs after "hurdle"
Wind blows too hard on me and I fall after the hurdle 😂😂🤷🏽♀️ https://t.co/E7gngFKvxO
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) September 24, 2017
26 from Penn State is NFL ready
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) September 24, 2017
RBs like Saquon Barkley don’t come around often. Tremendous lateral quickness, and with power.
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) September 24, 2017
And that's the truth! 💯 Hands down best football player I've ever seen with my own 👀's! https://t.co/urDzsnvytF
— Josh Gattis (@Coach_Gattis) September 24, 2017