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31 December 2017, 03:06 | Percy Christensen

Saquon Barkley says he'll skip his senior year, enter the NFL draft

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley declares for 2018 NFL Draft

Penn State who found itself ranked as high as #3 in the country this year had a disappointing finish including a blown lead to Ohio St and a freaky loss to Michigan St. This season he corralled 47 passes for 594 yards including three touchdowns.

Washington was trailing Penn State 28-14 in the second quarter at the time of this post.

Five fifth-year seniors - defensive tackles Curtis Cothran (Council Rock North) and Parker Cothren, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, guard Brendan Mahon and linebacker Brandon Smith - will start their final games in blue and white on Saturday, as will six fourth-year seniors.

Both enter the game with 10-2 records. The Nittany Lions can get away with that against a lot of Big Ten teams with weak passing games, but failing to get to the QB is what led to both losses this season (against Ohio State and Michigan State). The game was memorable for Petersen's collection of trick plays, which led to a huge upset and an on-field marriage proposal for one of his players. Despite ranking 27th in total offense, Penn State's offensive unit will be a key to victory in the Fiesta Bowl.

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Penn State doesn't have to sack Browning a bunch to be effective, but it must get in his face, knock him down when possible and give him something to think about. First and foremost, they like to attack opponents with All-American junior Saquon Barkley. Only Utah - who beat West Virginia - won a bowl game. This is a premier match-up of a great running back against a great run defense.

With the win Penn State (11-2) wrapped up its second consecutive 11-win season, the first time the program has accomplished this since the 2008 and 2009 seasons. But, as Coach Petersen was quick to point out during his Fiesta Bowl media availability when asked if he told his Washington players about his Fiesta Bowl success as the coach of Boise State: "They don't care about that". Both teams were just on the outside looking in to the College Football Playoffs, but want to prove that they belong among the nation's elite.

Petersen said he spent several years after the Fiesta Bowl acting "like it didn't happen" when asked about the game. "It is important every game, every day, to us". Penn State star running back Saquon Barkley will play in this game after some speculation he may not because of his leaving for the National Football League draft.



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