Hatts profiles SMU offensive lineman William Barns in the latest Pony Stampede player profile.
Position: Offensive Line
Size: 6-2, 281
High School: Highland Park, HS
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
William Barns was a local product coming out of high school that enrolled early at SMU as a grayshirt. Barns had more than 200 knockdowns in his career at Highland Park HS including 105 during his senior year. As a senior, Barns only allowed one sack in over 600 plays. The local lineman chose SMU over offers from Iowa State and San Diego State.
After enrolling early at SMU, Barns got one start for SMU last season at center against East Carolina. Other than this one start, Barns did not see any game action but continued to push SMU lineman Taylor Lasecki, as well as, Evan Brown for playing time both last season and throughout the spring. Over the course of the season, Barns showed some progress but needs to continue to get stronger to really become a productive option.
Outlook in 2015
With a couple new offensive lineman joining the fold, Barns is going to have to progress in a hurry to see the field for SMU. For right now, Barns provides good depth for SMU as someone that should be able to move all over the line. For the time being, Barns will also continue to push guys like Evan Brown and Taylor Lasecki to get better after this line really struggled last season. It is not likely that Barns will crack the starting lineup as he certainly still has some room to grow getting stronger, as well as, continuing to move his feet in pass protection and in the running game. This is one of those players to look out for however, as he could benefit from the new strength and conditioning program given he did come in undersized. When you look at how he played his senior year, the talent is certainly there for Barns and he should be a solid backup for SMU this season, however, it appears they will give some others a shot before turning to him right off the bat.