Awards come in pair for Skyhawk RBs
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:02 pm
UT Martin’s running game was so good against Murray State last week that two members of the backfield corps picked up national awards.
Junior Tevin Barksdale was named one of the Ohio Valley Conference’s running backs of the week by College Football Performance Awards for the week ending Sept. 24.
Sports Madness named junior running back Jason McNair (5-9, 181, Mount Olive, Miss.) the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for his exceptional performance this past Thursday against then-No. 24 Murray State.
Barksdale, from Bowling Green, Ky., rushed 14 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns against the Racers this past Thursday night at Hardy M. Graham Stadium. McNair, meanwhile, turned in his second consecutive 100-plus-yard rushing game as he carried the ball 23 times for 113 yards with touchdown runs of 11, 12 and 11 yards in the first quarter.
UTM improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference with a 48-26 victory over Murray State.
Barksdale scored on a six-yard run in the first quarter to give the Skyhawks a 21-0 lead. He scored his second touchdown of the game with 5:44 to play in the third quarter, a 7-yard run. The Skyhawks led 38-12 with Barksdale’s scoring.
The tailback has 203 rushing yards on 29 carries this season. He has three touchdowns to his credit, and his effort this past week marked his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the second of his career. He is 256 yards away from 1,000 yards in his career.
McNair’s longest run of the night was 14 yards, while he also had an 11-yard reception.
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Barksdale, McNair and the Skyhawks return to action Saturday when they host OVC foe Tennessee Tech. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Graham Stadium. Published in The WCP 9.27.11