The race to be Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year is not a foregone conclusion according to one Big Ten Network analyst.
BTN pondered Tuesday if Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was making a run at being named the conference’s top offensive player instead of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
Barkley has the best odds to win the Heisman and is widely considered the top player in the conference. But the network asked the question after Barkley was held to 75 rushing yards against Northwestern and Barrett has put up strong numbers (1,026 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, zero interceptions) in his last four games following a Week 2 loss to Oklahoma.
Analyst Glen Mason said it was a “hard truth” that Barrett was overtaking Barkley for the honor. Mason said that Barkley has not had “eye-popping stats” in the “last couple of weeks,” but he also pointed out that Barkley returned a kick and threw a touchdown against Indiana in a Week 5 game on Sept. 30.
Here is video of the discussion:
Is J.T. Barrett overtaking Saquon Barkley as @B1Gfootball POY?
Our analysts state their cases. pic.twitter.com/8yZIuP6GMg
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 10, 2017
Also on Tuesday, Barkley was called the No. 2 running back in the country behind Stanford’s Bryce Love by USA Today. Barkley has gained 1,044 yards from scrimmage and accounted for 10 total touchdowns (six rushing, two receiving, one kick return, one passing) through six games.
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