Urban Meyer calls Saquon Barkley 'best all-purpose guy' he has ever faced
Saquon Barkley is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. Should the Penn State junior decide to enter the 2018 NFL Draft, he'll probably be the first running back selected.
Barkley leads the nation in all-purpose yards and will lead Penn State against Ohio State on Saturday. He certainly has the attention of Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.
"He's the best all-purpose guy we've probably faced in probably, maybe my career," Meyer told reporters Monday. "He's obviously a great running back. But they do a good job using him and creating matchup issues.
"You have different ways of bottling up great running backs. It's hard, especially this guy, really hard. But the fact that they motion him out and create matchup nightmares, that's what makes this guy — he's — I'd be careful to say this, but he's as good an all-purpose running back we've seen. And that's 30 years."
Barkley ran for 108 yards on 15 carries and caught three passes for 53 yards while scoring three times in Saturday's 42-13 win over Michigan. He has 757 rushing yards with 448 receiving yards and another 273 return yards for the second-ranked Nittany Lions.
Meyer's No. 6 Buckeyes are coming off a bye week, giving them an extra week to prepare for Barkley, but Meyer knows the Nittany Lions are more than just Barkley. Meyer said the Buckeyes defense also has to prepare for quarterback Trace McSorley, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who is Penn State's all-time leading receiver, and tight end Mike Gesicki.
"(McSorley will) probably be the first one to tell you, I don't know, but he'll be the first to tell you the tight end and receivers and he's a product of some really good players," Meyer said. "He threw a couple of jump balls up and they have very good personnel."