Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nigel Barksdale Earns Offensive Athlete of the Week Honor

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.

A native of San Jacinto, Calif.,  Barksdale accumulated 402 yards in total offense against a California defense  that ranked sixth in the PSAC in total yards allowed with a 368 per-game  average.

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.

Bob  McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow  Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office:  724.738.2777
Cell: 724.421.5658
Email:  robert.mccomas@sru.edu

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