Only a decade removed from becoming the all-time leading rusher in Wake Forest history, first-year WKU assistant Chris Barclay continues to be driven by the type of energy and determination that saw him become the 2005 ACC Player of the Year and spend three years playing professionally before transitioning into coaching.
His passion to visible when attending a Hilltopper practice. He's vocal, motivates and pushes the players from the beginning of team stretching, into running back drills and throughout practice.
Of course, it's not hard to get excited when you have a running back room filled with the type of talent present on The Hill this fall. Known for more its passing attack, the WKU ground game has produced a 1,000-yard rusher for six straight seasons and 2016 is poised to continue that streak.
Barclay, who tutored All-Conference runners at William & Mary and Marshall prior to coming to WKU, has a backfield that provides both speed and power. Senior Anthony Wales has proven to be one of the nation's most elusive backs, averaging over 7 yards per carry in 2015. At At 6-foot-1, 240-pounds, sophomore D'Andre Ferby provides a punch to the group.
A pair of new faces are also likely to impact the rush attack this fall. Redshirt freshman Marquez Trigg is another powerful back that has received a number of reps during camp. True freshman Quinton Baker, a speed back, has also been a notable contributor in camp.
Check out the video below as Barclay talks about the Hilltopper running backs with WKU Insider.
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Barclay has also impacted the Hilltoppers recruiting effort. A Louisville native, where he played at Male Traditional, Barclay recruits portions of Georgia, Florida and Kentucky. WKU Insider also spent a few minutes talking recruiting, the growth of the WKU brand throughout the region and more.