Film Room: Why Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is the perfect running back

Part human, part amazing, Saquon Barkley cemented his status as the Heisman Trophy favorite on Saturday night, rampaging all over Michigan’s illustrious defense.

Here’s the thing: He’s not just excellent. Saquon Barkley is perfect. He’s not simply an all-time great talent. He’s as complete a back who has ever played the game.

Stop-and-go speed. Preternatural vision. Zig zagging, wiggling, “what-did-I-just-witness” moves that make a crowd go “ohhh.” He has it all. As a runner, receiver, returner, and, heck, even as a pass protector, Barkley is elite in every facet of the game.

Watching Barkley rush, truck, and shimmy-shake his way through a defense is more of an experience than it is an evaluation. Watching history formed in real-time is cool.

He’s now racked up over 1,400 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns in seven games this season. Yet, the video game numbers alone don’t do him justice. It’s how he’s done it that is the most interesting thing. Let’s break down some of the key plays from PSU’s dominant win over Michigan, and look at what makes Barkley special.

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