Barksdale earns PSAC-West weekly honor
Rock junior quarterback Nigel Barksdale was named as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division football "Offensive Athlete of the Week" in recognition of his performance in leading SRU to a 28-26 upset of #13 California (Pa.) last Saturday
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Slippery Rock University junior quarterback Nigel Barksdale was named Sunday as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division football “Offensive Athlete of the Week.”
Barksdale earned the honor for his effort in leading The Rock to a 28-26 upset win last Saturday over 13th-ranked California (Pa.) on the Vulcans' home field.
The win was SRU's second in as many seasons against the Vulcans (7-2, 5-1 PSAC-W) and extended their current win streak to three games.
Barksdale completed 15 of 22 passes for a season-high 283 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for 119 yards and one TD against a Vulcans' rushing defense that ranked third in the PSAC with a 113 yards per game allowance rate.
Saturday's game marked the fourth time in as many starts this fall Barksdale passed for more than 230 yards. He has now passed for 1,040 yards and nine TDs and rushed for 462 yards and six TDs as The Rock's starting signal caller.
The Athlete of the Week honor was Barksdale's second in the last three weeks. He also won the honor Oct. 14.
Barksdale's honor this week was the third received by a Rock football student-athlete in as many weeks and the fourth awarded to an SRU player this fall. Senior defensive end Jeff Thompson was the PSAC-West defensive selection Oct. 21, while redshirt sophomore free safety Isaiah Coleman was the Sept. 16 recipient of the defensive honor.
The Rock puts its three-game win streak and 5-4 overall, 4-2 PSAC-West records on the line Saturday when it hosts winless (0-9, 0-6) Lock Haven in a 1 p.m. game at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
SRU then closes out its 2012 schedule with a 1 p.m. game Nov. 10 against Bloomsburg (8-1). Seven Rock seniors will be honored prior to their final collegiate game.
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