Scouting Report: His vision may be his biggest asset... sees the field extremely well... a student of the game... very intelligent player as well as a an exceptional student... not a big back, but extremely durable and rarely fumbles (931 touches, five fumbles)... a slippery runner who is hard to tackle... made tremendous strides in his strength since arriving on campus... a talented receiver who did not get those to show those skills as often in Wake Forest's run-oriented offense... also served as the team's kickoff returner during various periods of his career... away from the field, a highly-respected person by his teammates and coaches... comes from an outstanding family who frequently attended Wake Forest games, both home and away.
2005: Selected by the league's media as the Atlantic Coast Conference 2005 Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year... left as the school's career leader in seven major categories, including rushing yards (4,032), scoring (240 points), rushing touchdowns (40), total touchdowns (40), all-purpose yards (4,930), 200-yard rushing games (3) and 1,000 yard rushing seasons (3)... he also tied for the most career 100-yard rushing games (15) with James McDougald... became the first player in ACC history to lead the league in rushing during the regular season for three straight seasons... one of only three players in ACC history and 31 in NCAA Division I history to rush for 4,000 career yards and 40 touchdowns... one of only six players in ACC history for rush for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons... finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in ACC history... passed players such as Thomas Jones, Warrick Dunn, Leon Johnson, Tiki Barber, Travis Minor and Natrone Means during his season year... ended his career ranked seventh in the ACC in career rushing touchdowns... finished his career ranked second at Wake Forest in attempts and seventh on the rushing average chart... his 1,127 yards as a senior were the fourth-most in Wake Forest history... his 1,508 all-purpose yards were the fifth-most in school history... a first team All-ACC selection... chosen by his teammates as the team's most valuable player, joining Norman Snead (1959-60) and Brian Piccolo (1963-64) as the only Wake Forest players to win the that award in consecutive seasons... chosen the CollegeSportsReport.com national performer of the week for his performance against East Carolina... named ACC co-Offensive Back of the Week for his game at Duke... selected to the Raleigh News & Observer's All-Big Four team... selected to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic in January... had 16 plays of 20 yards or more... made 12 receptions on third down... averaged almost 5.5 yards per carry on first down on 111 attempts... carried 218 times for 1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior... led the league in rushing yards, rushing attempts and all-purpose yards... ranked 15th nationally in rushing (112.7 ypg)... averaged 92.4 yards against teams that featured top 20 rushing defense... posted six 100-yard and two 200-yard rushing games... tied the school's single game record with four touchdowns against East Carolina... was also the team's second-leading receiver with 26 receptions... played in 10 games and started the final eight... missed the season opener against Vanderbilt because of a violation of team rules... carried 11 times for 60 yards at Nebraska... rushed for 210 yards on 25 carries with four touchdowns against East Carolina... had a 65-yard touchdown run against the Pirates, then the 20th-longest scoring run in Wake Forest history... started against Maryland and rushed for 86 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown... had 22 carries for 105 yards against Clemson... rushed 21 times for 125 yards at Florida State with a touchdown... carried 23 times for 91 yards and a touchdown at Boston College... had a career-high 36 attempts, the sixth-most in school history, against NC State for 117 yards... broke the school rushing record at Duke with 204 yards on just 18 carries and two touchdowns... broke off touchdown runs of 71 and 68 yards against the Blue Devils, the 12th and 15th-longest scoring runs in school history... was slowed at Georgia Tech to a season-low 24 yards on 15 carries... went over the 4,000 career yard mark and reached the 40 career touchdown plateau against Miami in his final collegiate game, rushing for 108 yards on 27 career and a touchdown.
2004: Named first team All-ACC... earned Wake Forest's Most Valuable Player Award in a vote by his teammates... led the ACC in rushing during the regular season for the second straight year (91.8 ypg)... carried 243 times for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns... led the ACC in rushing attempts... became the first Wake Forest player, just the 14th in ACC history, to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons... averaged 104.6 yards per game against ACC opponents... ranked 33rd in the NCAA in rushing... catapulted into a tie for first place in the Wake Forest record book with his 30th career rushing touchdown... up to third on Wake Forest's all-time rushing chart with 2,905 yards... made 21 receptions, second-most on the team, for 118 yards... had four 100-yard rushing performances including games against Clemson, Duke, Maryland and North Carolina... rushed 29 times for a season-high 179 yards with a touchdown against Clemson en route to being named ACC Offensive Back of the Week... left that game in overtime due to severe leg cramps... carried 30 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns against North Carolina... rushed 26 times for 134 yards and a touchdown in the Duke game plus three catches for 28 yards... carried 25 times for 103 yards against Maryland in the season finale to go over the 1,000 yard plateau for the second straight season... rushed 19 times for 84 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech... carried 20 times for 84 yards with four receptions for 19 yards against NC State... rushed 23 times for 66 yards against East Carolina... carried 24 times for 62 yards against Boston College... carried 19 times for 58 yards and caught four passes for 14 yards in the Florida State game... rushed 18 times against Miami for 57 yards and a touchdown... scored two touchdowns on 10 carries for 50 yards against North Carolina A&T.
2003: Named second team All-ACC... led the ACC in rushing in the regular season (99.3 ypg) and recorded the second-best rushing season in school history with 1,192 yards... also led the ACC in rushing yards in conference games only (132.3 ypg) and ranked 27th nationally in rushing... earned second-team All-ACC honors... led the Deacs in scoring with 12 touchdowns, tying the third-best season mark in school history... received WFU's Outstanding Back Award... started all but the final game in which WFU came out with three receivers and no tailback... had six carries for 12 yards before spraining an ankle in the first quarter at Boston College... led the Deacs with 90 yards on 21 carries, including a one-yard TD versus NC State... had 26 yards on 19 carries against Purdue... led the Deacs with 55 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored a touchdown against East Carolina... carried the ball 15 times at Virginia for 65 yards, an average of 4.3 per carry... rushed 19 times for 124 yards against Georgia Tech, his first career 100-yard game... had Wake Forest's only touchdown against the Yellow Jackets... named ACC Player of the Week after the Duke game... rushed 22 times for a then career-best 163 yards against the Blue Devils... also tied a career-high with three first-half TDs, including a 47-yarder... surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark for his career in that game... rushed 16 times for 50 yards at Florida State... had 163 rushing yards on 24 carries against Clemson... also recorded two TDs versus the Tigers... rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 35 carries at North Carolina... rushed 13 times for 41 yards against Connecticut and returned four kickoffs for an average of 20.8 yards... broke out with one of the best rushing and all-purpose performances in school history against Maryland... tallied 243 yards rushing on 28 carries, the fourth-best single game mark at WFU... also returned kicks to total 316 all-purpose yards, which ranks second in that category as well... scored three touchdowns and had career-long runs of 53 and 74 yards.
2002: One of just three true freshmen to see action... played in all 13 games... finished the season with 703 yards on 144 carries, setting a new WFU freshman record with 4.9 yards per carry... tallied nine rushing touchdowns, one shy of tying the freshman mark of 10... finished eighth in the ACC in rushing yards per game (54.1), ranking second among league freshmen behind NC State's T.A. McLendon... had 10 kickoff returns, averaging 14.6 yards per return with a long of 27 yards... carried the ball five times for 37 yards in his debut at Northern Illinois... had nine touches for 57 yards versus ECU... broke out against Purdue, carrying the ball 19 times for 70 yards and three touchdowns (on runs of 18, 11, and five yards), becoming the first Deacon true rookie to score a TD in two years... his three scores were the most rushing TDs by a true freshman since 1988... rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries, scoring one touchdown versus Virginia... scored on a 16-yard carry in the win at Georgia Tech... totaled 64 yards on 13 carries against the Yellow Jackets... tied for a team-best 54 yards versus Duke... added a touchdown on a 15-yard run against the Blue Devils... carried the ball 14 times for a season-best 89 yards at Clemson... scored the final touchdown in the 31-0 win over North Carolina... rushed for 45 yards on seven carries versus UNC, averaging 6.4 yards per carry... recorded a 13-yard touchdown run against Florida State... had 76 yards on 14 carries, averaging 5.4 yards per rush against Navy... rushed for 55 yards on 12 carries at Maryland... had a team-high 19 carries for 82 yards against Oregon in the Seattle Bowl... also scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter against the Ducks.
Background: Helped lead Male Traditional HS to a Kentucky 4A state championship as a junior and a second-place finish as a senior... was a part of the same backfield as Louisville star Michael Bush... an all-purpose back for the Bulldogs who rushed 125 times for 935 yards and caught 52 passes for 621 yards as a senior... a third-team all-state running back selection... also earned all-district and all-region honors... accounted for 22 TDs returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the 2001 state championship game... a three-year starter, finishing his career with 2,820 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns... played in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game... coached by Bob Redman... also lettered in basketball and track... finished third in the 100 and 200 meters in the 2001 Kentucky state championships... named the Homecoming King... won the Principal's Award for Leadership... graduated with honors.
Personal: Majoring in health and exercise science... born October 15, 1983 in Louisville, Ky.... son of Larry and Gladys Barclay... has an older brother, James Mason, and sister, Victoria Lacey... chose Wake Forest for its "great academics and educational experience, great football and to play for the best coaching staff in the country."
Barclay's Career Rushing Statistics
G-GS Car Yds Avg TD Lg 2002 13-0 144 703 4.9 9 19 2003 12-11 235 1,192 5.1 12 74 2004 11-11 243 1,010 4.2 9 50 2005 10-8 218 1,127 5.2 10 71 46-30 840 4,032 4.8 40 74