Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton, Saquon Barkley earn Big Ten weekly honors
Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton and running back/kick returner Saquon Barkley earned Big Ten weekly accolades after their performances Saturday against Indiana.
Hamilton was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, and Barkley earned the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. Barkley is the first Big Ten player to earn offensive and special teams honors in the same season since Michigan's Jehu Chesson in 2015.
Hamilton had his best outing of the season with nine caches for 122 yards and three touchdowns in Penn State's 45-14 win. The three scores were a career high for the senior and marked the first time a Nittany Lion had three receiving touchdowns in a game since 2012. With his performance, Hamilton became Penn State's all-time receptions leader, breaking the record held by Deon Butler (179 from 2005-08). Hamilton has 181 career catches.
Barkley had a 98-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff for Penn State. He also amassed 56 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards and 16 passing yards in the game.
This is the first offensive honor for Hamilton and third overall as he was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week choice in 2014. Barkley, a junior, earned his first special teams accolade and third conference weekly award of the season.
Barkley also earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll for the third time this season and second straight week. The Paul Hornung Award is presented to the most versatile player in major college football.
The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions visit Northwestern at noon Saturday.