Darren Sproles

For Towson running back Shane Simpson, Saquon Barkley's a 'brother' and an inspiration

For Towson running back Shane Simpson, Saquon Barkley's a 'brother' and an inspiration

The first thing Shane Simpson sees each morning is a piece of white printer paper hanging overhead on the ceiling of his bedroom. He can recite the most important figures lining it: 1,800 rushing yards, 400 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns, the Walter Payton Award. His goals for this Towson football season are handwritten, a personal touch for objectives the sophomore running back and returner did not set himself.

Saquon Barkley is a Penn State legend, a Heisman Trophy favorite, a likely top-five pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He is also a “brother” to Simpson, rivals on the field during their Lehigh Valley Conference playing days and training partners off it. It’s a football-forged...

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