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#8 Barry Church
Position: Safety
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 219
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Penn Hills
Barry Church Biography
Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 06/10/2008

2009
Named first-team All-MAC for the fourth time...First Rocket and just the third MAC player ever to achieve this...The other two MAC players were Bowling Green quarterback Brian McClure (1982-85) and Ohio punter Dave Zastudil (1998-2001)...The only other Rocket to make All-MAC four times was Nick Kaczur, now a starting offensive lineman with the New England Patriots...Kaczur was second-team as a freshman and first-team his sophomore through seniors seasons...Named one of 12 semifinalists for Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) on Nov. 3...Also on official watch lists for Bronco Nagurski Award (top defensive player)...Named first-team All-MAC by Phil Steele's Magazine...Named fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele on its mid-season All-America Team...Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game...Tied for 12th in MAC and second on team with 98 tackles (8.2 per game)...Eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble vs. Miami...Nine tackles, one TFL, one fuble recovery and one blocked kick vs. Temple...Blocked two kicks in 20-19 win over Northern Illinois, including potential game-tying field goal with 37 seconds left...Also had 12 tackles vs. Huskies...Named defensive back of the week by College Football Performance Awards for his performance vs. NIU...Had season-high 14 tackles and tied career best with 3.0 tackles for loss vs. Ball State...Earned honorable mention honors for defensive back of the week by College Football Performance Awards...12 tackles vs. Ohio State...Eight tackles, one interception and one pass breakup vs. Colorado.

2008
First-team All-MAC for the third straight year...Second on team and 15th in MAC with 7.8 tackles per game...Led team with six passes broken up and three forced fumbles...10 tackles, one TFL and one forced fumble vs. Miami...10 tackles and first interception of the season vs. WMU...Nine tackles and one TFL in 13-10 win over Michigan...Six tackles vs. Ball State...Seven tackles vs, FIU...10 tackles, one forced fumble, one TFL and one pass broken up vs. Fresno State...Led team with 10 tackles vs. EMU...Tied for team lead with seven tackles vs. Arizona.

2007
First-team All-MAC for the second straight year...Third on team and tied for 18th in MAC with 92 tackles...Also second on team with 6.0 tackles for loss...Tied for team lead with three interceptions and had four pass breakups...Led team with a career-high 19 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss, vs. Iowa State on Sept. 22...His 19 stops were the most by a Rocket since Tom Ward had 22 stops vs. Ball State on Oct.12, 2002, and the 12th-most in the country last season...Led team with 13 tackles vs. WMU on Sept. 29...Also had an interception vs. WMU...Named No. 20 strong safety in the nation by Phil Steele’s College Football magazine.

2006
First-team All-MAC...Named second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News and by Scout.com...Placed third in balloting for MAC Freshman of the Year...Led Rockets with four interceptions...Ran back two picks for touchdowns, tying a school record...Second on team with 71 tackles...Led team with 10 tackles in Iowa State and WMU games...Ran back an interception 84 yards for a fourth-quarter TD in 37-31 2OT win over Kansas...Also recovered a KU fumble in the second OT...Ran back a 31-yard INT vs. Bowling Green...Had an interception and two pass breakups against Akron.

High School
Named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s "Terrific 25" team and second-team all-state Class AAAA as a safety as a senior...Named the No. 42 safety in the country by Rivals.com...Also earned first-team Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League-East honors, and was selected to play in the Big 33 Game (Ohio vs. Pennsylvania)...As a senior he had 80 tackles, nine sacks and four interceptions...As a junior, he had 50 tackles and three interceptions...Also played wide receiver, catching 30 passes for 670 yards and four TDs as a senior...A triple jumper on the track team and ran a 4.47 at the Metro Index camp.

Personal
Full name is Barry Michael Church...Birthdate: Feb. 11, 1988...Parents are Barry Church, Sr. and Denise Church...Father is a health insurance manager...Has an older sister, Brandi...Communication major.

Career Statistics

Year G/S UT AT TT TFL FF Int/yds BrUp
2006 12/12 40 31 71 6.0/16 1 4/127 6
2007 12/12 47 45 92 6.0/18 1 3/20 4
2008 12/12 57 36 93 5.5/13 3 1/19 6
2009 12/12 57 41 98 8.5/25 1 1/4 2
Totals 48/48 201 153 354 26/72 6 9/170 18

Career Game Highs
Tackles: 19 (Iowa State, 9-22-07)
Tackles for Loss: 3.0 (Twice, last vs. Ball State, 10-3-09)
Interceptions: 1 (Nine times)

 

     
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