Heading into the 2016, I wrote a piece that asked: Is Saquon Barkley a Legitimate Heisman Contender?, which took a close look at his chances a darkhorse candidate.
Things have changed quite a bit for Barkley, who is now on everyone’s Heisman short list, as well as being commonly acknowledged as the nation’s top running back heading into 2017.
Thanks to a surprise Big Ten title and Rose Bowl appearance, as well as weekly jaw-dropping plays that were featured on SportsCenter ad nauseum, the question isn’t if Barkley is a legit contender, but if he can actually find himself as the recipient on the second Saturday of December.
Once again, let’s take a deep dive to carefully consider the merits of Barkley’s candidacy.
Opportunities
Barkley will enter the 2017 bigger, stronger, faster- a frightening thought for opposing defensive coordinators.

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