July 25, 2011
Zach Barket has been getting a good education at Lehigh University.
A junior accounting major, the Schuylkill Haven grad has a 3.61 grade point average, has been on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and is looking forward to a productive career as he plans to graduate in four years.
On the football field, he's also learning a lot. In his first two seasons with the Mountain Hawks, Barket, a tailback, has been taking courses on how to improve his blocking. With more passing plays in Lehigh's arsenal, it was a no-brainer to Barket that he would have to do his part in protecting the quarterback.
Considering how many times he touched the ball for the Hurricanes during his high school career, it shouldn't be a surprise that he's sharpening his blocking skills. While winning All-State and All-Anthracite honors as a senior, he rushed for 4,195 yards and scored 66 touchdowns, both state records.
"In high school, blocking was during my play off, but I was carrying 40 times a game," Barket said. "I would break eight tackles and do what I had to do to get to the backfield; nobody gets the ball that much in college.
"I paid attention to what the coaches said, learned techniques and grew into it. I take pride in my blocking and how far I've come."
While he regularly played in his first two seasons, it was always off the bench. So far, Barket has rushed for 318 yards and scored four touchdowns.
However all of the work has paid off and when Lehigh finished spring practice, Barket was told he was on top of the depth chart.
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