Saquon Barkley returns opening kick vs. Indiana for a TD

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Saquon Barkley returns kicks for Penn State this year. He’s actually quite good at it.

Barkley took back the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown against Indiana on Saturday to give Penn State a 7-0 lead.

Barkley is one of the best players in the country. Allow him to explain why he is returning kicks.

“I don’t see nothing wrong with it. I wanna be back there. I wanna be on special teams,” he told reporters earlier this month. “I wanna help if I got to run down on a kickoff, block on a punt return or be a kick returner. I don’t see nothing wrong with it. I don’t play with that mindset of ‘Oh we’re up 35, why am I back here?’ Because if you play with that, bad things start happening.”

Penn State coach James Franklin said seeing Christian McCaffrey inspired him to put Barkley at kick returner.

“I’ve studied this, and what Stanford did with their starting tailback who made a huge impact as a punt return guy and a kick return guy,” Penn State’s coach said Tuesday on a teleconference with reporters.

 Barkley had returned 7 kicks for 160 yards before Saturday’s game. This return was the first return touchdown of his career.

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