SPECIALIST EARNS CFPA NATIONAL KICKOFF RETURNER OF THE WEEK; CARR AND BELL HONORED AS WELL
October 8, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – Junior Kevin Barfield, from Memphis, was named the College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner for the Week after his effort in The University of Tennessee at Martin’s 51-37 football victory over Eastern Illinois.
Quarterback Derek Carr was named CFPA’s OVC Quarterback of the Week, while sophomore Tony Bell earned the CFPA’s OVC Linebacker of the Week.
Barfield, who returns kicks and plays wide receiver, set the tone early in the game by taking the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. He put the Skyhawks ahead for good just 13 seconds into the game. It marked the 13th-longest kickoff return of the season in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Barfield finished the game with 161 all-purpose yards, 118 on kickoff returns and 43 receiving yards on five receptions (including a 29-yard touchdown in the first quarter).
Carr completed 29-of-38 passes for 312 yards. He tossed four touchdown passes. He was not intercepted and was only sacked once. Carr connected with six different receivers. His favorite targets were Quentin Sims who caught nine passes for 101 yards and a TD and Jeremy Butler who caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Carr is one touchdown away from tying the record for career touchdown passes. He has 47 career TD passes.
Bell made a career-high 12 tackles and 2.5 TFLs and 2.0sacks for 18 yards. He forced a fumble and had two quarterback hurries. Bell’s sack with about eight minutes left in the game stymied an Eastern Illinois drive.
UT Martin is 4-2 on the year and 2-1 in the OVC. The Skyhawks travel to Murray (Ky.) State Saturday, Oct. 13. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.