Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 64, the number once worn by WVU All-American offensive lineman, Don Barclay.
Barclay is originally from Cranberry, PA. He spent four seasons as part of the Mountaineer football program (2008-2011), serving the team as a regular starter at left tackle his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.
In his freshman season, Barclay saw a great deal of playing time, getting reps in 12 of the Mountaineer’s 13 games. He also earned his first collegiate start in that season’s Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Mountaineers won the game against the UNC Tar heels 31-30.
Barclay’s sophomore season saw the lineman start all thirteen games en route to a 9-4 overall record, and a bid to that season’s Gator Bowl. The team once again finished 9-4 the following season with the Gold and Blue falling miserably in the season ending Champs Sports Bowl.
In Barclay’s senior season, the team faced a great deal of transition as the Mountaineers competed in their final year as members of the Big East conference. Not only that, but the program entered 2011 with a brand new head coach at the helm as Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, Dana Holgerson, took over the reins from Bill Stewart.
The team would unexpectedly flourish, as they would win the conference championship for the first time in four seasons, and earned a bid to the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl. The Mountaineers would go on to cruise over the ACC champion Clemson Tigers in a 70-33 blowout victory.
To finish out his collegiate career, Barclay earned first team, All-Big East honors for his efforts throughout the season along the offensive line. He was also a fourth team, All-American selection by Phil Steele that same season. Barclay previously earned second team, All-Big East honors his junior season.
Following graduation, Barclay went on to pursue a career in the NFL. He signed on with the Green Bay Packers in spring of 2012 after going undrafted in that year’s NFL draft. Barclay was able to earn a roster spot out of training camp, and has since held down the post of starting right tackle for the club.
In his first two seasons, Barclay has appeared in 30 career games, starting 18 of those contests for the Packers. In his rookie season, he held the distinction of being the only rookie on the club to appear in all 16 of the team’s regular season games. He even started Green Bay’s two playoff games that year against Minnesota and San Francisco.
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