Not Just Another Win for Barrett

Facing many of his childhood friends from Reno, Nev. safety Josh Barrett, who had only six starts in his first two years, provided some much needed leadership and poise to a defense that continues to shine.

"I definitely played the game plan," Josh Barrett said after an impressive victory over the Nevada Wolfpack. "We had a good thing going this weekend with our nickel coverage, and our nickel locked up with their wide receiver and we tried to take them out…and I think we did a good job at doing that tonight."

The defensive secondary only allowed 170 yards passing and two touchdowns, while collecting three interceptions, including one caused by Barrett. In the second quarter with ASU up 24-7, Barrett blitzed from the right side, forcing Nevada's QB to throw the ball up in the air, leading fellow safety Ryan McFoy to intercept the pass and returning it for a touchdown. "I got in on the quarterback pretty good," Barrett commented. "We had a great scheme with everything we did, and we didn't show everything in the first game that we wanted to show…I was able to get in there and disrupt the quarterback. There were a few times he got out to the pocket but that was a good play for us."

Barrett who had a disappointing opening game against NAU made sure his presence was felt by not letting Nevada's signal caller get settled into the game. "It depends on the offense," Barrett in regards to the numerous blitzes which caused Nevada to falter and punt five times. "Derron Ware blitzed a lot last week because they (NAU) had a different offense but we'll see a lot of teams (offensively speaking) like we saw today."

Barrett's father Greg played for Nevada, and surely had a split allegiance on Saturday night. The safety wasn't sure if his family cheered exclusively for the home team. "I hope they were wearing maroon and gold," he said smiling, "I'm sure they were a lot of people in their section wearing blue and silver though."

Undoubtedly, Saturday's win will perhaps mean a little more for Barrett than any other victory to come this season. "It's definitely a little sweeter, knowing a lot of guys from the team," he admitted. "Going into the game and executing the way we did on defense it feels good. It's a little special for me I think."

Sun Devil Source Top Stories