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Player Profile: Tevin Barksdale

Pacer Writer

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 14:12


Tonya Evans

Barksdale tucks the ball as he makes a run while playing Tennessee Tech

There is nothing like the smell of coke and popcorn coupled with the screams of cheering fans at a football game. Not many know that feeling better than Tevin Barksdale, running back for the UTM Skyhawks.

Barksdale, a senior majoring in Sports Management from Bowling Green, Ky., has always had a love for football. Since the early age of nine, Barksdale has played some form of the sport with his two brothers.

He has never had a desire to play any other position. When asked why, Barksdale said that he would rather receive hits on the field than give them.

As a running back, that’s exactly what he does. Barksdale, as on any football team, never has a moment to let up when he is on the field, and he never has a moment where he takes a play off.

He doesn’t have the time nor can he afford to just line up and go through the necessary motions, so when he doesn’t have the ball, he must fake out the opposing teams players and pretend for every play that he indeed has the ball.

In his four years at Bowling Green, he led the Purples to four district titles, three region titles, and a 48-9 winning record to boot.

In his senior year of high school, Barksdale led his team to a 9-3 winning record and scored 170 points, which resulted in him holding the second highest total in the Bowling Green High School’s History in football. As a result, Barksdale was named the Associated Press second team all-state.

At the end of his high school career, he had over 3,000 yards and 49 total touchdowns.

Before coming and settling on UTM, Barksdale had at first considered Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State. Though they were first, he has not regretted his decision.

Meeting new people and playing for the Skyhawks has been the best part of his college experience and what he will miss the most once graduation hits the pavement.

About his future after graduating from UTM, Barksdale said, “I plan on trying to ball but if not, I’m going to get a job.”

Though graduating on to better things, Barksdale leaves behind a shining record and legacy.

With an OVC Running Back of the Week College Football Performance Award in 2011 and being named to the 2012 College Football Performance Award Running Back Watch List, Barksdale will leave his imprint on UTM football and will inspire those that come after him.  

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