Saquon Barkley nearly became a college coach this offseason. Seriously, the former Rookie of the Year had a plan in place to spend most of the spring helping out his alma mater in a new role.
This past season for Barkley wasn't nearly as productive as he was hoping it would be. He finished with less receiving yards, rushing yards and total touchdowns in his second year compared to his rookie year. To be fair, the former No. 2 pick was dealing with an ankle injury.
In an effort to improve his game and find other ways to make an impact for the Giants, the Bronx native reached out to Penn State head coach James Franklin to see if he could help out the Nittany Lions during spring camp.
Barkley thought he'd get to see the game of football through a different lens, which then could have resulted in better numbers with the Giants in 2020.
Franklin spoke to the New York Postabout Barkley's interest in coaching. Here's what he had to say:
“Saquon reached out to me and his plan was to come and spend spring ball with us as a coach,” Penn State coach James Franklin told The Post. “He wanted to sit in all of the coaches meetings to see how we came up with the game plan, how we watch film and all the things we discuss. He wanted to be able to learn football and view it through a different lens because he thought that would help his growth, and he’d be able to go back and have a bigger impact with the Giants. He could see how coaches assess things and why.”
Spring camp for the Nittany Lions was ultimately canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
As for Barkley, we'd have to imagine he'll find another way to take his game to the next level this year.
Nonetheless, it's still pretty awesome that Barkley wanted to come back to school to help out. Perhaps he'll revisit this coaching opportunity next spring.