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Barker voted Specialist of the Week in the OVC's Player of the Week poll

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Transfer kicker Matthew Barker was honored one of the Ohio Valley Conference's Football Players of the Week for his contributions on special teams in the Golden Eagles' win over Austin Peay.

The 6-1 sophomore kicker out of Spokane, Wash., transfered to Tennessee Tech from Oregon State and was immediately eligible for the 2010 season. Baker tallied 10 total points in Tennessee Tech's huge 34-21 road victory over Austin Peay. He connected on field goals of 46 yards (a career-long) and 30 yards less than four minutes apart that helped the Golden Eagles to its first road and Conference victory of the season. Both of his field goals came in the third quarter as Tech turned a seven-point lead into a 13-point advantage.

Barker also added four extra points in the game and controlled seven kickoffs for the Golden Eagles for 440 yards, an average of 62.9 yards per kick, including one touchback.

"We're really proud of Matt [Barker], he kicked the fool out of the ball, he made field goals, kicked off wonderfully," said head coach Watson Brown. "He was a big part of our win Saturday night."

Other players nominated included Coty Blanchard (Jacksonville State,) Henry Harris (Southeast Missouri) and Cody Sandlin (UT Martin).