Sept. 30, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – On Monday morning senior linebacker Shaquil Barrett earned two honors for his performance last Saturday against UTEP.
The Mountain West awarded Barrett with Defensive Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards named him National Defensive Player of the Week.
The native of Baltimore, Md., earned his third MW weekly accolade of his career after the Rams’ 59-42 victory over UTEP on Saturday. Barrett recorded 13 tackles, including four tackles for loss and three sacks, and forced two fumbles.
In the third quarter, after UTEP had rattled off 21-consecutive points to tie the game at 28, Barrett decided he was going to step up and make a play. In the next three plays Barrett recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles, the second of which led to a safety. This swung momentum in favor of the green and gold and the Rams score 24 unanswered points of their own.
Barrett’s four tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles are single-game career highs and he became only the 10th Ram to register three or more sacks in one game. The four tackles for loss are the most by a Ram since Nordly Capi’s 4.5 at New Mexico on Sept. 3, 2011 and the two forced fumbles are the most since James Skelton forced two at Utah State on Sept. 24, 2011.
On the year, Barrett leads the NCAA with 12.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the nations lead with 6.5 sacks. He is second on the team with 39 tackles.
Two weeks ago the senior linebacker earned Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week honors after blocking two Cal Poly field goal attempts. He continues to be the only individual player to block two kicks in a game this season.
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