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Church was named first-team All-MAC in 2009 for the fourth consecutive season after making 98 tackles, 8.5 for loss. He was the first player to accomplish this feat since former Ohio and current Cleveland Browns punter Dave Zastudil. The only other Rocket to earn all-conference honors four consecutive years was offensive lineman Nick Kaczur (New England Patriots).
After making nine tackles for loss and four interceptions starting as a true freshman, Church had 92 tackles (six for loss) in 2007 and 93 (5.5 for loss) in 2008. He also blocked three kicks in 2009, including an extra point and game-winning field-goal attempt in a 20-19 win vs. Northern Illinois, and forced six fumbles during his career. Church's toughness and secure tackling around the line of scrimmage give him a chance to start at the next level. He's been used in a variety of roles in Toledo's 4-2-5 scheme, essentially a hybrid safety-linebacker position. Scouts were a bit disappointed in his 4.69 40 at the Combine, but a role as an in-the-box strong safety still seems to suit his skills nicely. Special teams coaches will also appreciate his work on coverage units, making him a coveted prospect within that sect.
Read & React: Among his better areas. Reads the play and is efficient in closing to the line of scrimmage against the run or playing back in coverage. Toledo coaching staff moved up closer to the line of scrimmage because of his rare instincts.
Man Coverage: An area of concern. Too stiff in the hips and too slow to drop down to cover slot receivers in the NFL. Lacks the range to cover sideline to sideline as a free safety. Good use of hands to re-route the tight end and has better quickness than you'd expect because of his instincts.
Zone Coverage: An effective zone coverage defender due to his good diagnostic skills and effective but to close. Heady defender that keeps his eyes on the quarterback. Has a sense of the action around him. Good burst to close on underneath routes. A reliable open-field tackler.
Closing/Recovery: Doesn't possess great straight-line speed to recover or the agility to turn and run with NFL-caliber receivers, but makes up for it with instincts and a sudden burst to close. Competes for the ball, showing better timing and long arms than true explosiveness in his vertical. Though he has nine career interceptions, is inconsistent in catching passes. Dropped too many interceptions.
Run Support: Among his best assets. Has good size and valuable experience playing at the line of scrimmage. Whether lining up deep or near the line, is comfortable sorting through trash. Protects his legs well from the cut block and isn't afraid to get mixed up with tight ends and even offensive linemen. Tracks the ball well and takes good angles in pursuit. Reliable open-field tackler that can bring the wood as a hitter.
Tackling: Doesn't possess the speed most teams want in their last line of defense, but ranks among the position's better, more secure open-field tacklers. Keeps eyes up and remains balanced when making contact with the ballcarrier, driving through with his hips to consistently stop the offensive player in his tracks. Isn't a truly explosive hitter, but generates good momentum and has the size and strength to make impressive, physical stops.
Intangibles: Good student who is well-liked by fans, coaches and players alike. Directs the team on the field and showed great durability by starting every game for four years.
Named first-team All-MAC for the fourth time...First Rocket and just the third MAC player ever to achieve this...The other two MAC players were Bowling Green quarterback Brian McClure (1982-85) and Ohio punter Dave Zastudil (1998-2001)...The only other Rocket to make All-MAC four times was Nick Kaczur, now a starting offensive lineman with the New England Patriots...Kaczur was second-team as a freshman and first-team his sophomore through seniors seasons...Named one of 12 semifinalists for Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) on Nov. 3...Also on official watch lists for Bronco Nagurski Award (top defensive player)...Named first-team All-MAC by Phil Steele's Magazine...Named fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele on its mid-season All-America Team...Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game...Tied for 12th in MAC and second on team with 98 tackles (8.2 per game)...Eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble vs. Miami.
Nine tackles, one TFL, one fuble recovery and one blocked kick vs. Temple...Blocked two kicks in 20-19 win over Northern Illinois, including potential game-tying field goal with 37 seconds left...Also had 12 tackles vs. Huskies...Named defensive back of the week by College Football Performance Awards for his performance vs. NIU...Had season-high 14 tackles and tied career best with 3.0 tackles for loss vs. Ball State...Earned honorable mention honors for defensive back of the week by College Football Performance Awards...12 tackles vs. Ohio State...Eight tackles, one interception and one pass breakup vs. Colorado.
First-team All-MAC for the third straight year...Second on team and 15th in MAC with 7.8 tackles per game...Led team with six passes broken up and three forced fumbles...10 tackles, one TFL and one forced fumble vs. Miami...10 tackles and first interception of the season vs. WMU...Nine tackles and one TFL in 13-10 win over Michigan...Six tackles vs. Ball State...Seven tackles vs, FIU...10 tackles, one forced fumble, one TFL and one pass broken up vs. Fresno State...Led team with 10 tackles vs. EMU...Tied for team lead with seven tackles vs. Arizona.
First-team All-MAC for the second straight year...Third on team and tied for 18th in MAC with 92 tackles...Also second on team lead with 6.0 tackles for loss...Tied for team lead with three interceptions and had four pass breakups...Led team with a career-high 19 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss, vs. Iowa State on Sept. 22...His 19 tackles were the most by a Rocket since Tom Ward had 22 stops vs. Ball State on Oct.12, 2002, and the 12th-most in the country in 2007...Led team with 13 tackles vs. WMU on Sept. 29...Also had an interception vs. WMU...Named No. 20 strong safety in the nation by Phil Steele’s College Football magazine...Has a 35-3 vertical jump, second-best on the team.
First-team All-MAC...Named second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News and by Scout.com...Placed third in balloting for MAC Freshman of the Year...Led Rockets with four interceptions...Ran back two picks for touchdowns, tying a school record...S
Named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s "Terrific 25" team and second-team all-state Class AAAA as a safety as a senior...Named the No. 42 safety in the country by Rivals.com...Also earned first-team Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League-E
Full name is Barry Michael Church...Birthdate: Feb. 11, 1988...Parents are Barry Church, Sr. and Denise Church...Father is a health insurance manager...Has an older sister, Brandi...Undecided major.
Draft Scout Player News
09/29/15 - SS Barry Church needed stitches to play through a cut lip. The bigger problem for him against the Falcons was an inability to apply proper help coverage on receiver Julio Jones.
12/05/14 - SS Barry Church blocked an extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter against the Bears to mark the first of his career and the first time that's happened by the Cowboys since Greg Ellis had one at Philadelphia on Dec. 19, 2004.
09/14/14 - S Barry Church, playing in his 49th career game, registered his second career interception.
08/05/14 - SS Barry Church will sit out the preseason opener against the Chargers with a sprained ankle. The Cowboys don't think the injury is serious. He participated in the team's walk-through Tuesday morning. But they are choosing to remain cautious with Church. He should be back on the field when the team returns to camp for practice on Saturday.
09/10/13 - S Barry Church had a spectacular return to the field after missing most of last season with a torn Achilles. Church had eight tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, returning it 27 yards for a touchdown, in the Cowboys' season-opening, 36-31 victory over the Giants. He was named the Cowboys player of the game and given a pair of boxing gloves, representing the team motto to "keep fighting."
"It felt great just to get back out there and produce the way I produced," Church said. "It felt great to be out there with my teammates and doing what we do best and creating turnovers. It felt great."
Church started for only the fifth time in his career. He won the strong safety job in camp last year and even had a fumble recovery against the Giants in the 2012 opener. But he tore his Achilles' tendon in Week 3 against Tampa Bay and went on injured reserve.
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