Barkley - the Big Ten's offensive player, running back and return specialist of the year; Chicago Tribune Silver Football recipient, Walter Camp All-American, and Paul Hornung Award victor for the country's most versatile player - had 2,154 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns, which rank second and fifth nationally, respectively. He also threw a touchdown pass.
Love racked up 1,973 rushing yards, 8.3 yards per attempt and 17 touchdowns on the ground - which ranks second, fourth and seventh nationally, respectively.
Barkley called his selection an honor. "They are the reason that I am in position to win this award, and I could not have done it without them".
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Barkley was also a finalist for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards, but lost out on both as Stanford's Bryce Love won the Walker, given to the nation's best running back, while the Maxwell Football Club trophy, given annually to the best overall player, went to Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
The 5-11, 230-pound junior is also the first Penn State player ever to win the Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the most versatile player in college football.
For the second straight season, Saquon Barkley has been voted the Big Ten's top player. "He is a team player who performs at the highest level in big games, and a fantastic addition to our list of Paul Hornung Award recipients". The victor of both of those awards will be announced Thursday night during the College Football Awards show on ESPN at 7 p.m.