On Barthel: In second season at UMass after being a transfer from Rutgers University ...Learned the offensive system last year ... Solid special teams member, playing in every game ... Banger, hard-nosed physical player ... Can catch the ball as well.
As a redshirt junior in 2006: Played in all 15 games in first year at UMass, playing on special teams, started first three games of the season at fullback ... Made four tackles in special teams in addition to two carries for seven yards a catch for 20 yards ... Special teams tackles came against Appalachian State (12/15) in NCAA Final; vs. Hofstra (11/18), Maine (11/11) and at Villanova (9/16) ... Returned a short kickoff 15 yards at #9 New Hampshire (11/4) ... Carried once for six yards vs. William & Mary (10/7) ... Rushed one time for one yard at Navy (9/9) ... Started vs. Colgate (9/2) and had one catch for 20 yards ... Four
As a redshirt sophomore in 2005 (at Rutgers): Saw action in two games as a reserve against Syracuse (10/15) and Connecticut (10/22).
As a redshirt freshman in 2004 (at Rutgers): Did not see any game action as he recovered from an injury.
As a freshman in 2003 (at Rutgers): Redshirt season.
Before College: Played at Becton Regional High School in New Jersey ... Was a two-time All-League selection ... Earned First Team All-County, All-Area and All-North Jersey honors as a senior in 2002 ... Was named a Third Team All-State member by the Associated Press ... Named to New Jersey's Super 100 Team ... Caught 38 passes for over 800 yards and 13 TDs ... Also recorded eight sacks as a defensive end, while leading Becton to an 11-1 record in '02.
Personal: Elijah J. Barthel ... Born Feb. 1, 1985 in Santa Cruz, Calif. ... Son of Heidi Barthel and Luis Rosario ... Brother of Nolan and Crystal ... Majoring in sociology.
CAREER STATISTICS (Rushing) Year GP No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2005 RU 2/0 0 0 0 0 0 2006 15/3 2 7 3.5 0 6 Totals 17/3 2 7 3.5 0 6