Shaq Barrett Bio

Professional Career

Current: Denver Broncos
Barrett at a Glance
  • A third-year outside linebacker who spent the majority of his 2014 rookie season on the Broncos’ practice squad and two weeks on the active roster before playing in all 16 games (6 starts) and two postseason games in 2015.
  • Posted 41 tackles (28 solo), 5.5 sacks (39 yds.), four passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the regular season.
  • Dressed but did not play in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Indianapolis (1/11/15).
  • Appeared in 38 career games (35 starts) for Colorado State University and totaled 246 tackles (116 solo), 18 sacks (119 yds.), 32.5 tackles for a loss (149 yds.) and three interceptions (101 yds.).
  • Finished his career at CSU with seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks.
  • Named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior for the Rams in 2013 after ranking fifth in the nation with 12 sacks (77 yds.) and 20.5 tackles for a loss (98 yds.).
  • Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on May 16, 2014.

Collegiate Career

Colorado State Rams
2013 (Senior)

Started all 14 games, earning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Mountain West honors, and ranked No.5 in the nation (FBS) in tackles for loss with a Mountain West record 20.5 and No. 5 FBS in sacks with 12.0…also received honorable mention All-America from Sports Illustrated and picked up MW Defensive Player of the Year from SBNation…finished third on the team with 80 tackles (38 solo) and added three blocked kicks, four forced fumbles (T-1st MW, 3rd FBS), two fumble recoveries and one interception…finished his career with 18.0 sacks, seventh on CSU’s career sacks list…named Defensive MVP of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21 and accepted invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Became the first CSU defender since Rick Crowell in 2000 to earn Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors…also named first-team all-conference, his second career conference honor
  • In a 59-42 win over UTEP (9/28) Barrett registered 13 tackles, including four tackles for loss and three sacks, and forced two fumbles on his way to being named Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week as well as CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Week and Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week
  • In a win against Nevada on Nov. 9 Barrett registered a game-high two sacks, adding to his season total of 9.5
  • Named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week for blocking two field-goal attempts in a win over Cal Poly on Sept. 14
  • Added his third blocked field goal of the season at Utah State (Nov. 23), as well as 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss among his 12 total tackles
  • Chosen to serve as a game captain vs. Colorado (Sept. 1), at Hawai’i (Oct. 26) and vs. Air Force (Nov. 30).
  • Prior to season finale vs. Air Force, named season captain along with Weston Richburg, Shaq Bell and Max Morgan
  • Finished the season with 12 sacks, a total that ranked seventh nationally
  • In CSU’s New Mexico Bowl victory over Washington State (Dec. 21), recorded six tackles and had a forced fumble and recovery…with just under two minutes left to play and the Rams trailing by 8 without any timeouts, Barrett stripped Cougars running back Jeremiah Laufasa and pounced on the loose ball…this play set up the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion. This was Barrett’s final play at Colorado State and helped cement his selection as the game’s Defensive MVP.
2012 (Junior)

Finished fifth on the team with 67 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks…has now played in all 24 games with Colorado State and has started 21 contests…at the conclusion of the 2012 season, Barrett was named an All-Mountain West honorable mention and placed on Phil Steele’s All-Mountain West third-team.

  • Was selected by four publications as a preseason first-team All-Mountain West athlete (Athlon, Blue Ribbon, MW media, and Phil Steele)
  • Also earned Phil Steele midseason first-team honors
  • For the second year in a row, lined up at defensive end
  • Prior to the season opener, was named one of four weekly team captains
  • In season-opening win against in-state rival Colorado (Sept. 1) registered four tackles…midway through the third quarter, sacked Buffaloes quarterback Jordan Webb and jarred the ball loose
  • In Colorado State’s home-opener against North Dakota State (Sept. 8) led both teams with a career-high 15 tackles (6 solo) and one sack
  • At home against future Mountain West foe Utah State (Sept. 22), led the Rams with nine tackles…forced a fourth-and-goal for the Aggies by combining on a stop with James Skelton to stuff USU running back in the backfield
  • Recorded four tackles at Air Force (Sept. 29)…much of the game was responsible for the quarterback in the Falcons option-attack offense
  • Recorded nine tackles, including his third sack of the season against the high-powered Fresno State (Oct. 6) offense
  • On the road at San Diego State (Oct. 13) had a team-high seven tackles…late in the second quarter, stripped Aztecs receiver Colin Lockett, leading to a recovery by DeAndre Elliott ending SDSU’s eight-play drive…combined with Cory James to sack Ryan Katz for a five-yard loss in the third quarter
  • Named weekly defensive captain before home contest vs. UNLV (Nov. 10)
  • In a home victory over UNLV (Nov. 10) intercepted Rebels quarterback Nick Sherry and returned it 49 yards for the first score of the game. This was his third career touchdown
  • In the season-finale against New Mexico (Nov. 24) had seven tackles in the Rams 24-20 victory.
2011 (Sophomore)

Immediately eligible because Nebraska-Omaha disbanded its football program, quickly adapted to the CSU defensive scheme and played in all 12 games with 11 starts…A first-year starter as a true sophomore, garnered second-team all-conference honors (Phil Steele), finishing third in the conference with 8.2 tackles per game…Led the team with 99 tackles (45 solo), capitalizing on an opportunity when All-America candidate Mychal Sisson broke his ankle in Week 2; also recorded 4½ tackles for loss, 2½ sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and an interception and fumble recovery, both of which he returned for touchdowns…Became the first CSU player to score twice on defense in a season since Luke Adkins, who returned two INTs for touchdowns in 2004…Made his Division I debut in the opener at New Mexico (Sept. 3), entering late in the first quarter; with just over four minutes left in the game, and CSU protecting a 14-10 lead, combined with C.J. James to sack Tarean Austin on fourth-and-14…A week later in a big win vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), earned his first major-college start as the Rams’ middle linebacker…Broke up a UNC pass on the second play from scrimmage, then forced a third-quarter incompletion, hurrying the pass by launching himself at the quarterback…Started again at MLB in Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), making a key play on a first-quarter drive to flush QB Tyler Hansen out of the pocket and into the arms of C.J. James; also played defensive end during several snaps in the second half…Paramount in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), earned Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping the Rams pull back into the contest in the second half, then win it in double-overtime, 35-34…Gave life to the Rams with USU up 14-3 in the third quarter, scooping up a Michael Smith fumble in the backfield and returning it 15 yards for his first career touchdown, then on the next series sacked QB Chuckie Keeton, rushing from a DE position, to force a punt…Earlier against Aggies, made a leaping pass deflection to prevent a possible TD and finished with a team-leading 14 tackles…Made another game-changing play in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), with the Spartans driving into CSU territory in a 31-31 game and eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter; sacked QB Matt Faulkner and launched a fumble high in the air, before teammate Davis Burl recovered to set up the Rams at the Spartans’ 45; replay officials reviewed the play and upheld the call…In first quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), slipped into backfield and stopped RB Doug Martin for no gain on fourth-and-3 from the CSU 17…On one first-quarter drive in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), posted a tackle for loss on each of the first two snaps, then on the third play picked off QB Sean Reilly and returned the INT, the first of his career, 52 yards for a go-ahead touchdown…Had 14 tackles in windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), helping to limit the nation’s second-leading rusher, Ronnie Hillman, to just 80 yards; nearly intercepted a pass in the end zone in the first quarter…In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), alertly pounced on a loose ball in the first quarter, but after his recovery, officials ruled the pass incomplete…In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), personally ended three Cowboys drives, all in the first half…First, forced an incompletion with a third-down hurry to end the initial series, then dropped QB Brett Smith for loss on a second-quarter run to force a punt, and finally recovered a Smith fumble with 1:33 remaining in the second quarter.

2010 (Freshman)

Joined the Rams in summer 2011 from Nebraska-Omaha, which decided to drop football…Because his school disbanded his sport, does not have to sit out a year, and is immediately eligible to play…Played as a true freshman at UNO in 2010, so had three years of eligibility and a redshirt year remaining…The Mavericks’ middle linebacker for head coach Pat Behrns, Barrett played in 11 games and started the final 10, posting 82 tackles (51 solo), 11½ tackles for loss, 8½ sacks, three forced fumbles and four blocked kicks (two punts, two field goals)…On a 5-6 team, earned honorable-mention all-conference honors, standing out in a win at Truman State in the season finale (two forced fumbles) and an earlier victory at Pittsburg State (two sacks)…Also registered a pair of sacks at Washburn…Drew recruiting interest from Miami (Fla.)…Top speed in the 40-yard dash entering CSU was 4.72.

High School

An all-state defensive lineman at Boys Town (Neb.) High School, a private, co-ed boarding school near Omaha with students from across the nation, Barrett played two seasons (2008-09) for the Cowboys…Earned defensive MVP honors of the 2009 Shrine Bowl, a state all-star game, with 11 tackles, three sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble…Saw action at both defensive end and defensive tackle, as well as offensive line…Helped the 12-1 Cowboys a berth in the 2008 state championship, where they sustained their season’s only loss…Became a full-time starter toward the end of his junior season, when coaches shifted him from offense to defense as the Cowboys were making a push for the state title…As a senior in 2009, topped 70 tackles, including 12 sacks, and added five blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown…Head football coach was Kevin Kush…The Athlete of the Year as a senior at Boys Town, followed his all-state honors on the gridiron with an individual 215-pound championship at the Class B state wrestling tournament… Played his first two prep seasons at Baltimore (Md.) City College, one of the nation’s oldest high schools, before moving to Boys Town.



Given name Shaquil Akeem Barrett…Born Nov. 17, 1992, in Baltimore, Md. …Parents are Steven Barrett and Donyetta Hawkins…Has three older brothers, one older sister and one younger brother…Older brother Kevin wrestled at Nebraska-Omaha and then at Nebraska-Kearney…Another older brother, DeShawn, also wrestled in college and played semi-pro football in the Baltimore area…Shaquil and his wife Jordanna have two children, Shaquil Jr. (born in 2012) and Braylon (born in 2013)…Was a member of National Honor Society in high school…Majoring in sociology at CSU, but plans to pursue medical school after his playing career…Majored in nursing at UNO…Hometown: Baltimore, Md.