Having once called Curt Warner a cutback virtuoso, it would be difficult for me to remove him from the top spot of all-time Penn State running backs.
So, I won’t.
But Saquon Barkley is a close second.
Whitehall High School alumnus Barkley, who will enter this year’s NFL Draft, was an absolute masterpiece at running back for the Nittany Lions. His ability to get to the edge and turn it upfield is unparalleled, and his cutbacks are on par with Warner, who helped lead Penn State to its first national title in 1982.
Plus, Barkley is a powerful runner with good hands – with all of the tools to excel as a pro, as Warner did.
It will be a pleasure to watch Barkley next fall, even if the Browns draft him.
Behind Warner and Barkley, in the pantheon of running backs at Penn State, are Blair Thomas, Lenny Moore, Lydell Mitchell, Ki-Jana Carter and Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti. And then there’s Larry Johnson, who in 2002 had the greatest single season for a Penn State running back.
That’s quite a group, and here’s hoping that Miles Sanders and Ricky Slade, the heirs to Barkley at Penn State, will become all-timers, too.
IN THE ‘I-COULD-HAVE-TOLD-YOU-THAT’ DEPARTMENT:
Fundamentally, people have a natural inclination toward laziness. That’s according to a British survey by Dropbox and a philosopher, Brennan Jacoby.
“Nearly three-quarters of the 2,000 people interviewed said that they don’t work to the best of their ability even once a week,” according to this report on the survey.
And 20 percent of Brits admit to never working to the best of their ability while on the job.
I’d write more about this survey, but it’s too much work.