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Armstrong LB Thomas Barber can't wait to become a Gopher in January

Armstrong linebacker and Minnesota commit Thomas Barber was dominant in his team's victory on Friday night. GopherDigest was there and spoke with Barber after.

"Just everything," Barber said when asked about what went right in his team's 48-6 victory Friday night. "When the offense comes out the first drive of the game and scores, it pumps up our defense and vice versa, but that really gets us going.  It sets the tone for the whole game."

Being a captain is something that means a lot to Barber.

"I try to take more responsibility, but I'm not very vocal and they all know that,' Barber said about his teammates. "I try to do most of my leadership on the field and in the classroom. I got my other captains that can help with the vocal stuff. I really focus on the classroom side of things and try and push my guys to go to class and that's turning out really well this year as a lot of guys are showing up. That's showing on the field as we have all of guys to play since we show up in school, so that's why we've had a lot of success thus far."

Despite not being as vocal, the Gophers LB commit turns the switch on when he steps on the field. 

"Before games I'm really quiet, but once I get out there, it's go time and I got to hit somebody. I even got to have a little birthday wish during the game as I got to score a touchdown on offense, so that was pretty cool."

Minnesota doesn't have anything to worry about with Barber. 

"I haven't heard from any other schools since I got the Minnesota offer as I think they realized they had no chance," Barber explained. "Coach Sherels was at the game tonight and so that was good, but I'm just excited to get on campus in January. They want to use me at inside linebacker as that's what I'm comfortable with in plugging gaps and hitting fullbacks, so I want Gopher fans to know I'm excited and I'm ready to get going."

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