Colorado State linebacker Shaquil Barrett has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Rams’ 59-42 victory over UTEP this past Saturday.
Barrett made 13 total tackles, including four for losses against the Miners. He also forced two fumbles, broke up a pass, and added one quarterback hurry. Late in the third quarter, Barrett sacked the UTEP quarterback for a 12-yard loss. When he made the tackle the ball popped loose in the end zone and the Rams were awarded a safety.
As a result of this honor, the 6-2, 250-pound senior has been added to the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, which honors the nation’s top defensive player.
Barrett currently leads the nation in tackles for loss, with a remarkable 12.5 after five games. He’s on pace for 30, which would challenge the NCAA record of 32 set by Western Michigan’s Jason Babin in 2003. He had 1.5 sacks against No. 1 Alabama a couple weekends ago.