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Q&A With Eric Barriere: Breaking Records At Eastern Washington, NFL Draft Preparation

Eric Barriere throws the ball at Eastern Washington.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 31: Eric Barriere #3 of the Eastern Washington Eagles looks to throw the ball in the first quarter against the Washington Huskies during their game at Husky Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere might not generate headlines like other prospects available in this year's draft, but his résumé is awfully impressive.

Barriere finished his time at Eastern Washington as the program's all-time leader in yards of total offense (15,394), passing yards (13,809) and passing touchdowns (121). All of those marks are Big Sky Conference records.

Despite his elite production, Barriere has legitimately flown under the radar during this process. That hasn't stopped him from putting in the work necessary to be an appealing quarterback prospect.

We caught up with Eric Barriere to discuss his Eastern Washington career, the work he's putting in during the pre-draft process and much more.

The Spun: You had an incredible run at Eastern Washington. Do you have a favorite moment from your time there?

Eric Barriere: I’d probably say my favorite moment was the semifinal game in 2018 against Maine. For some reason, it was just a great day for the offense. We were clicking all day. I ended up throwing for seven touchdowns and broke an FCS record for touchdown passes. We also ended up going to the national championship, too.

The Spun: What would you say led to your massive jump in production?

EB: I think it was just my understanding of the offense. I also understand defensive coverages so much more now. The game has slowed down for me because of my experience. I feel like I continue to get better and better because of that.

The Spun: What would you say are your best traits as a quarterback?

EB: I’d say keeping my eyes downfield, improvising plays and remaining calm. Sometimes, you can get too high in the moment. I feel like I do a good job of remaining calm. I also just take what the defense gives me. I don’t like making mistakes.

The Spun: What are you working on during this process?

EB: Understanding the whole NFL playbook and pass protection calls. It’s a lot different in the NFL compared to college. The speed in the NFL is a lot faster. I want to make sure I don’t rush anything during this pre-draft process.

The Spun: Do you feel like you’re flying under the radar during this process?

EB: I’m definitely flying under the radar, but I just have to worry about myself and do my job. If a team gives me an opportunity, I’ll make the most of it. For now, I need to focus on myself and make sure I’m prepared for whatever opportunity is thrown my way.

The Spun: Who are your go-to quarterbacks?

EB: I like to watch Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers.

The Spun: What’s been motivating you throughout this football journey?

EB: Just knowing that I’m pretty close to achieving a goal that I’ve had since I was a child. I can’t let anything stop my dreams. I just think about my family and how much my mother has done for me. The least I can do is repay her for all the sacrifices she’s made.

The Spun: Does watching Cooper Kupp, a former Eastern Washington player, shine at the next level give you hope?

EB: It’s definitely an inspiration. I remember seeing Cooper Kupp when I was a freshman. I saw how hard he worked on the field. You also got players like Kendrick Bourne and Samson Ebukam in the NFL. They showed me that you just need to work hard and believe in yourself.

The Spun: What will it mean to you when you get that opportunity to compete for an NFL roster spot?

EB: So many people wish they can be on an NFL team. Just being in this situation and knowing that I’m one of the few that actually gets that opportunity, I have to make the most of this moment.

Whether he hears his name called during the NFL Draft or not, Eric Barriere is ready to embrace the challenge that lies ahead of him.

Barriere has already dealt with a fair share of adversity, so playing with a chip on his shoulder is nothing new to him.

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