Position: Defensive End
Size: 6-5, 241
High School: Friendswood
Recruitment: Barnes was ranked a two-star recruit by most services. He was an All-District selection in high school, as well a first team All-Region selection. He also held an offer from Air Force.
Barnes starred as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker at Friendswood, where he started his junior and senior seasons. He was also a standout student in high school, which helped him receive offers from high academic schools like SMU and Air Force.
2012 Review: Barnes appeared in 11 games last year for the Mustangs and totaled 16 tackles in his sophomore year, in mostly a backup role. Barnes also contributed one sack and two TFL last season.
Barnes struggled early on in the season, against high quality teams with mobile quarterbacks, totaling just four of his sixteen tackles against non-conference opponents. However, as conference play began, Barnes found his groove, played to a high standard.
2013 Outlook: More will be expected of Barnes in his junior season, as he will look to play a more prominent role on a defensive line that loses all three starters including Margus Hunt. Barnes will look to battle Andy McCleneghen, Zach Wood, and incoming freshman Zelt Minor for playing time this season.
Barnes is expected to start but nothing is guaranteed, and he may be at a bit of a disadvantage, as he will come into the fall practices after recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him during the spring.
But with two years of playing time under his belt, Barnes will be looked upon to help lead the young defensive line and help do his best to transition a defensive line that loses so much talent and goes from one of the strength's of the defense last year, to possibly its largest weakness this year.
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