FARMINGTON, Utah (November 4, 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. Northern Colorado cornerback Michael Walker earned ROOT SPORTS Defensive Player of the Week accolades, while Eastern Washington kicker Seth Harrison was named the ROOT SPORTS Special Teams honoree.
Barriere tallied 468 total yards in Eastern Washington’s 66-38 win over Northern Arizona. The junior had 367 passing yards and three passing touchdowns to go along with 101 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. He finished 30-of-46 with no interceptions for an impressive 183.5 passing efficiency rating. Barriere helped guide the Eagles to 706 yards of total offense – the highest production by a Big Sky team this season against an FCS opponent.
Walker played a key role in Northern Colorado’s 26-20 win at Idaho State – the first since 2009. He made his presence known on the first play he was on the field when he forced a fumble setting up UNC’s first touchdown of the game. The sophomore went on to record a 35-yard pick-six at the start of the second half to put UNC up 18-10. The second interception came in the fourth quarter when he picked off the ball at the two-yard line with Idaho State threatening to score. The interception helped UNC hold onto their 26-20 lead. Walker also had a pass breakup and three tackles.
Eastern Washington’s Harrison scored 12 points in the Eagles’ win over Northern Colorado. He converted all nine of his extra-point attempts and had a 27-yard field goal in the 28-point victory over Northern Arizona. The freshman had 10 kickoffs for a 50.8 average versus the Lumberjacks with one touchback.
The ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week features Idaho at Montana. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. MT from Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Others Nominated – Offense: Jacob Knipp, UNC; Aundre Carter, UI; Josh Davis, WSU; Mataio Talalemotu, PSU; Cam Humphrey, UM.
Defense: Christian Ellis, UI; Quaid Murray, SUU; Troy Andersen, MSU; Ja’Kobe Harris, WSU; Jack Sendelbach, EWU; Dylan Hanley, PSU; Jace Lewis, UM.
Special Teams: Michael McGinnis, UM.