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Sports Illustrated Names Penn State RB Saquon Barkley The No. 1 'Freak' Athlete In CFB

The Penn State star possesses incredible athleticism.

Penn State junior running back Saquon Barkley might be the best running back in the country. He is pretty much a lock to be a top-10 pick in next year's NFL Draft.

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman unveiled his annual "Freak List" of the top athletes in college football. Barkley came in at No. 1.

Here is partially what Feldman wrote about Barkley. You can read the whole thing here.

Barkley arrived in State College as an already eye-popping talent. He told me he was clocked in the 40 at 4.48 in his freshman season. On the field, he also turned heads, gashing an Ohio State defense loaded with future first-rounders for 194 rushing yards en route to almost 1,100 for the season. However, Barkley was far from satisfied.

"My freshman year I was explosive, but I didn’t have true speed,” Barkley told me this spring. "My 20- and 30-yard burst was really good, but when I got to go 60 or 100 I didn’t really have another gear. My being a freshman playing with seniors, I really wanted to increase my 40.”

Mission accomplished. Barkley, who has added 15 pounds (up to 228), has dropped his 40 time to 4.33. This summer, he’s also broken Anthony Zettel’s old school record in the power clean, going for 405, and he did five reps squatting 525 pounds.

Big Ten defenses are lucky they will only have to deal with Barkley for one more year.