FARMINGTON, Utah (November 11, 2019) – The Big Sky Conference announced its ROOT SPORTS football players of the week on Monday. The ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week honor went to Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere. UC Davis Linebacker Nick Eaton earned ROOT SPORTS Defensive Player of the Week accolades, while Sacramento State kicker Devon Medeiros was named the ROOT SPORTS Special Teams honoree.
Barriere exploded for 467 yards of offense in Eastern Washington’s 48-5 win at Idaho State to earn his second straight weekly accolade. Despite not playing the final 12 minutes of the game, Barriere still managed to tally 406 passing yards and three passing touchdowns, in addition to 61 rushing yards. The junior had three passes of at least 58 yards versus, including a career-high 80 yards.
Eaton picked up his second defensive weekly honor this season. He led UC Davis to a win at Portland State with eight tackles – six solo. He registered 2.0 tackles for loss, including 2.0 sacks for a loss of four yards. He recorded a pair of forced fumbles and a pass breakup in the victory.
With 1:38 left in the game and Sacramento State trailing by three points, Medeiros recorded a successful onside kick which was recovered by teammate Pierre Williams. The play led to the Hornets getting the ball back and completing the come-from-behind road victory. Medeiros added six kickoffs for 390 yards at 65.0 per kick, including four touchbacks. The senior made a 41-yard field goal and converted all five of his extra points to help Sacramento State to a 38-34 win at Northern Arizona.
The ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week features Weber State at Montana. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. MT from Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Others Nominated – Offense: Joe Logan, NAU; Ulonzo Gilliam, UCD, Jake Dunniway, SAC; Dalton Sneed, UM; Emmanuel Daigbe, PSU; Mitch Brott, MSU; Jake Constantine, WSU.
Defense: Anthony Sweeney, NAU; Brooks Talkington, UNC; Caelan Barnes, SAC; Calin Criner, EWU; Jonah Williams, WSU; Josh Hill, MSU; Anthony Adams, PSU; Milton Mamula, UM.
Special Teams: Luis Aguilar, NAU; Seth Harrison, EWU; Coy Steel, MSU; Trey Tuttle, WSU; Jerry Louie-McGee, UM.