The Albany Conquest of the arenafootball2 league recently announced that former Hobart College football standout Rich Barlette ’01 has been assigned to the team by the af2 office. A defensive tackle for the Statesmen from 1997 through 2000, he will play offensive and defensive line for the Conquest.
“Rich is a true asset to our team on and off the field and I’m pleased he will return in 2004,” Conquest Head Coach Steve Matthews said.
In 2002, Barlette, 6-foot-4, 260-pounds, was a four-time Built Ford Tough Player-of-the-Game selection and blocked two kicks. He missed much of last season with a foot injury, but played in five games.
A three-year starter for the Statesmen, Barlette was named an honorable mention All-American by USAFootball.com following his senior season. He also garnered first-team accolades from the ECAC and the UCAA that season, after helping Hobart reach the NCAA Playoffs for the first time in the program’s history. A native of Latham, N.Y., he twice earned the Tryon Football Award, presented to Hobart’s outstanding lineman, while finishing his career with 201 tackles, 10 sacks, 17 passes defended, four blocked kicks, four fumbles forced, and four fumbles recovered.
In the Statesmen’s 2000 postseason run, Barlette recorded 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He holds the Hobart postseason records for solo tackles in a game (7), solo tackles in a postseason (12 in two games), and total tackles in a postseason (20).