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*Running back* Saquon Barkley’s now broken a Penn State weightlifting record

He certainly does lift, bro.

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Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is strong. In fact, he’s one of the strongest young men to ever play at Penn State, and this is a quantifiable fact. Last March, Barkley matched a program record (equaling a lineman) for biggest power clean at 390 pounds.

Thursday, he bested that with a 405 pound rep:

Here’s just a taste of what Barkley was doing last year:

According to, the 222-pound Barkley has squatted 495 pounds seven times, benched 390, and run a 4.38 second 40-yard dash this winter.

That was before he burst onto the scene as the electric spark plug to a high-octane Penn State offense. He is a physical marvel, and his strength coach refers to him as a once-a-decade talent.

If he leaves school for the NFL draft next spring, he’ll likely smash his tests at the combine and is certainly on track to be a really high selection despite his relatively expendable position. Our Dan Kadar has him as the best running back prospect in the country already.

Have fun trying to tackle this guy.