EWU’s Barriere, Idaho’s Walker named preseason Big Sky MVPs


SPOKANE, Washington (July 25, 2021) – Many things about the Spring 2021 Big Sky football campaign were strange and unconventional, but the play of Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere and Idaho linebacker Tre Walker was not.

As a result, both earned a number of All-American accolades, were finalists for major awards, and have now been named the Big Sky Preseason Offensive and Defensive Most Outstanding Players, respectively, leading into the fall.

Barriere, who is now a back-to-back Preseason Offensive MVP, earned All-America honors from six different publications following the spring season, along with being the FCS ADA and Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Additionally, he was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award. 

The EWU quarterback led the Big Sky in nearly every passing category, finishing the spring with 2,439 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air thanks to 183 completions. He led the squad in total offense with 2,583 yards on the year as the Eagles earned an FCS Playoff berth. 

Eastern Washington University QB Eric Barriere (3) races for a long touchdown run against Idaho defenders Tevin Duke and Tre Walker (8), Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Cheney, Wash. Dan Pelle/contributed

Walker finished Idaho’s 2021 spring campaign with 54 total tackles, splitting evenly at 27 between solo and assisted. That resulted in him being named to five different All-American teams, along with being named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award. He also racked up 4.5 tackles for loss on the season.   

Both Big Sky Preseason MVPs claim California as their home state, and were members of the All-Big Sky First Team after the spring slate.

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