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Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere on Walter Payton Award watchlist

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere  stands on the sidelines during the Eagles’ annual Red-White Game on  April 27  at Roos Field in Cheney. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere stands on the sidelines during the Eagles’ annual Red-White Game on April 27 at Roos Field in Cheney. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere is the latest Eagle named to the STATS preseason Walter Payton Award watchlist.

The dual-threat junior accounted for 2,450 yards and 24 touchdowns through the air in 2018 while racking up 606 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, helping EWU reach the FCS national title game.

Barriere didn’t start until Week 6 last season after former EWU quarterback Gage Gubrud went down with a season-ending toe injury.

The Los Angeles native joins several former EWU star quarterbacks to be in the running for the award, which is given to the best offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Gubrud (2016) and Vernon Adams (2013 and 2014) were finalists in recent years. Ex-EWU record-breaking receiver and current Los Angeles Rams starter Cooper Kupp won the award in 2015.

Quarterbacks Erik Meyer (2005) and Bo Levi Mitchell (2010) were the first two EWU players to win the coveted award.

Other Big Sky Conference talents named to the 2019 preseason watchlist include UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier, Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus, Montana State two-way player Troy Andersen and Portland State tight end Charlie Taumoepeau.

Big Sky preseason favorite EWU begins practice Sunday and opens its season Aug. 31 at Washington.

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