Big Sky Player of the Week

Barriere joins NAU upset in Big Sky Players of the Week


FARMINGTON, Utah (Sept. 20, 2021) – After a record-breaking performance this past Saturday, Eric Barriere was named the ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Football Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, as the Eastern Washington quarterback continues to light up opposing defenses. Northern Arizona’s Harrison Beemiller and DJ Arnson earned this week’s Defense and Special Teams accolades.

Barriere passed for 487 of his career-high 542 passing yards in the first half of Saturday’s 62-56 win at Western Illinois, which broke the FCS record for most yards in a single half. Barriere also tossed six touchdowns, which was one shy of tying his own school record and marked his fourth game with at least six scores. 

Beemiller and Arnson earned their first Player of the Week honors of the year, as the two were instrumental in NAU’s 21-19 upset at Arizona. Beemiller finished the game with 10 tackles, 4.5 for loss, a forced fumble and a QB hurry to lead a Lumberjack defense that forced three Wildcat turnovers. Arnson averaged 51.6 yards per punt on nine attempts, with six punts going over 50 yards and three landing inside the 20-yard line. Arnson’s longest punt of the day came on his last kick, going 62 yards to put the Wildcats at their own 15-yard line with 4:30 left in the game. 

Others Nominated
Davis Alexander (PSU), Jake Dunniway (Sac State), Ulonzo Gilliam Jr (UC Davis), Kevin Daniels (NAU), Brandon Schenks (SUU)
Def: Broderick Harrell (PSU), Marcus Hawkins (Sac State), George Tarlas (Weber State), Jaylin White (UC Davis), Demetrius Crosby Jr. (EWU), David Hoage (UNC), Troy Andersen (MSU), La’akea Kaho’ohanohano-Davis (SUU)
ST: Sam Clark (Sac State),Rashid Shaheed (WSU), Isaiah Thomas (UC Davis), Ben Raybon (UNC)

Past ROOT SPORTS Player of the Week Honorees
Off: Justin Miller, Southern Utah (Aug. 30); Eric Barriere/Hunter Rodrigues, EWU/UC Davis (Sept. 6); Hunter Rodrigues, UC Davis (Sept. 13)
Def: Kobe Singleton, Southern Utah (Aug. 30); Marcus Welnel, Montana (Sept. 6); David Hoage, UNC (Sept. 13)
ST: Jake Gerardi, Southern Utah (Aug. 30); Isaiah Gomez/Brian Buschini, UC Davis/Montana (Sept. 6); Trent Tompkins, UC Davis (Sept. 13)

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