Giants’ Saquon Barkley is a ‘mutant’ says his Penn State coach
Saquon Barkley has undoubtedly left his imprint on the NFL in his short time with the New York Giants after he left a lasting impression at Penn State. While Barkley prepares for his third season in the NFL, James Franklin —Barkley’s former head coach at Penn State — says that the Giants running back is a ‘mutant’.
“Nothing surprises me with that guy,” Franklin said, via the team’s official site. “He’s a mutant. That guy can do whatever he wants to do. I’m not surprised at all. He just continues to do great things. He was actually on our team conference call (last month). We had a team meeting … and he came on our team meeting and just once again, did a phenomenal job. We have a couple new staff members and a couple freshman football players, and they were just blown away by him. He obviously continues to do a great job in those types of settings, talking about the best programs that he’s been around, the best teams he’s been around, the most successful individuals he’s been around, what makes them special, what are the common denominators. He was awesome.”
During his time at Penn State, before joining the Giants, Barkley became an internet sensation due to his impressive physique and insane work ethic. Since coming into the NFL, nothing has changed with the dynamic running back.
Franklin, who coached Barkley from 2015-2017, understands how special he is on the field. On the other hand, he realizes how remarkable Barkley is as a leader off the field for the Giants.
It was recently revealed that Barkley was supposed to become a coach at Penn State for the offseason. Even though that didn’t transpire, the former Nittany Lion is looking to continue making his alma mater proud with the Giants.