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:
Penn State Strong! Barkley 405lbs Power Clean pic.twitter.com/1LnAEYqy73— Iron Lions (@IronLions1) June 29, 2017
Here’s just a taste of what Barkley was doing last year:
According to PennLive.com, 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.