Saquon Barkley returns opening kickoff vs. Indiana back for a TD (Video)

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Running back Saquon Barkley
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Running back Saquon Barkley /

Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley wasted no time in adding to his Heisman resume on Saturday afternoon against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Fresh off one of the most impressive performances by a running back in Penn State Nittany Lions history, Saquon Barkley is at it again this weekend.

Barkley took the opening kickoff of Saturday’s Big Ten contest against the Indiana Hoosiers back for a 98-yard score to put Penn State up 14-0 just 14 seconds in for his first career return touchdown. The ultra-talented junior made one cut near the 20-yard line before using his incredible speed to outrun Indiana’s special teams unit, as shown in the video via the Big Ten Netowrk below.

Penn State needed every one of Barkley’s school-record 358 all-purpose yards to survive a major test at Kinnick Stadium last Saturday night against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Barkley showcased his incredible versatility by carrying the ball 28 times for 211 yards and a touchdown while leading the Nittany Lions with 94 receiving yards and racking up 53 yards on three kick returns.

The hard-hitting game against the Hawkeyes apparently had no impact on Barkley’s stamina, as he recorded his first career kickoff return touchdown on the very first snap of the next game. With 116 all-purpose yards midway through the first quarter on Saturday, Barkley has a chance to break his new record just one week later.

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After being used sparingly on special teams in his first two years with the Nittany Lions, James Franklin decided to make Barkley the No. 1 kick returner in 2017. That’s going to help Barkley’s Heisman Trophy campaign, as he’s already over 1,100 all-purpose yards with seven total touchdowns.

Penn State has already pushed the lead to 21-0 at the 6:34 mark of the first, aided by a second special teams touchdown on an Indiana fumble.