Drew Barth Captures NACC Offensive Player of the Week Honor

Photo courtesy of Albion athletics.
Photo courtesy of Albion athletics.

EUREKA — For the first time in his career, Drew Barth (Minonk, Ill./Fieldcrest) is the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week. 

On Saturday, the Red Devils' senior quarterback racked up 459 total yards of offense and scored five touchdowns against Albion. He threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns on 24-for-46 passing while running for 49 yards and another score. 

Barth's 459 total offensive yards was the third-most recorded by a Division III quarterback this season. Stephen Gacioch of UMass Dartmouth had 539 vs. Husson and Aurora's Gavin Zimbleman had 502 vs. St. Norbert.

It was only the eighth time in program history that a Eureka quarterback has eclipsed the 400-yard passing mark. After the game, Barth found himself fifth in EC's all-time passing yards list, surpassing Shaun Manning (2004-06) with 4,320 overall.

He also passed John Furmaniak (1992-95) for fifth place in completions (326), and is just one passing touchdown behind Blake Robles (2013-14) for fourth place with 39. 

This is EC's third NACC Player of the Week honor of the 2019 season. Senior kicker/punter Tanner Kuhne (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) was the Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 1 and Week 2. Eureka is the only team in the conference to have been honored all three weeks.