Scouting Report: Versatility Rules

He is catapulting into first rounds of mock drafts everywhere. In his only year of playing defensive end, he terrorized competition in the Big East. And he is firmly entrenched on the Bills' radar after coming in for a visit. Here's the lowdown on who may be the team's answer in the pass rush...




Year Entered


BARWIN, Connor


#5 (defense)
#89 (offense)





Birth date

College Position

Pro Position






Bench Press


Power Clean

Vertical Jump

Broad Jump

225 x 23







Time (10)

Time (20)

Time (40)


9 7/8"




Grade One

Grade Two

Grade Three

20-yd Shuttle


7.18 (Defense)

6.55 (Offense)

8.1 (Special Teams)



2008 Best Games

Eastern Kentucky, Miami (Oh.), Akron, Marshall, Rutgers, South Florida, Pittsburgh. Hawaii, Virginia Tech

2008 Worst Games

Oklahoma, West Virginia, Louisville

2007 Best Games

Southeast Missouri, Miami (Oh.), Marshall, Syracuse, Southern Mississippi

2007 Worst Games

Rutgers, Louisville

2006 Best Games

Eastern Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

2006 Worst Games

Miami (Oh.), South Florida

Body Structure

Barwin has good upper body muscle development and room on his frame to carry more bulk, if a team decides to keep him on the defensive line. With his quickness, range and change of direction agility, he is more than capable of playing as a strong-side linebacker. He has good arm and chest muscle thickness, soft hands for the reception (as a tight end), good bubble and adequate thigh and calf thickness. As his frame continues to develop, he knows how to use his strength efficiently to compensate playing against the larger blockers.

General Report



Athletic Ability


Barwin has a solid frame, playing at a good pad level and displays excellent quickness coming out of his stance for a rush end or tight end. He plays with good suddenness and leverage, showing no issues when having to change direction, which are ideal traits to have if he possibly moves to linebacker. He has that sudden burst to consistently give backside chase coming off the edge, as his above average balance will usually see him sift through trash. He generates a very good initial burst off the snap and is quick to build acceleration on the move. He has outstanding lateral pursuit ability and does a very good job closing down the line. He is a strong wrap-up tackler with good hand usage and uses those hands effectively to keep blockers off his body. As a tight end, he displays excellent foot speed. He has above average agility, flexibility and burst getting into his patterns and excels at adjusting to the ball in flight (see 2007 Miami, Ohio and Syracuse games). His ability to stay on his feet is the result of his above average balance?GRADE-8.0

Football Sense


Barwin has no problems taking plays from the chalkboard to the playing field. He is still a work in progress as a defensive player, but while he does play on instincts alone at this stage of his career, he has no problems grasping the mental aspect of the game. He is a low rep type that shows above average alertness to his surroundings. You can see on film his good ball location ability (see 2008 Eastern Kentucky, Miami Ohio and Marshall games). Despite just a short time on defense, he understands his role and will not hesitate to ask good questions from the coaches, knowing their input can only help him more. On defense, you can see that he picks up traps and pulls quickly and is very capable of handling the mental aspect of the game. As a tight end, he makes good adjustments on the run, doing a nice job of spotting coverage while running routes. He also knows that he has the speed to get open after the catch?GRADE-7.0



Barwin is the consummate team player and volunteers for any task the coaches need done. He is well-liked by teammates and staff, whether in football or basketball and is the type the coaches hope other player emulate. He is a personable type who might be quiet when you first meet him, but shows good character and the ability to handle hard coaching. He is responsible and shows a strong work ethic?GRADE-7.0



No task is too much for Barwin to handle, evident by his accepting his role as the team?s jack-of-all-trades. He uses his athletic ability well, knowing when to avoid the pile or simply explode into a blocker in attempts to overpower. It is rare to see him get reckless in his play. He plays with good "fire in his belly" and will do anything possible to get to the quarterback and disrupt the play action. He shows good urgency running down the ball from the backside and has good intensity in his play. He hustles in pursuit and takes well to hard coaching. The game is important to him and he has demonstrated very good aggressiveness battling combo blocks. He is the type that will always give good effort and likes to hit and punish ball carriers. Still, this is a player who has yet to realize his full potential and ability. As a tight end, he shows good aggression for the position. Barwin does not step away from blocking assignments, showing a fighting nature and the ability to come through in the clutch?GRADE-7.5

Work Habits


Barwin has great "sports" character, giving 110% effort on the football gridiron and the basketball hardwood. He is a good leader by example type, as he has never complained about his use as a role player, despite having better athletic pedigree than any other player in the Cincinnati program. He will not hesitate to be a vocal leader, if needed. On the field, he is a high strung type that has a good "search and destroy" work ethic. He plays and practices the same way ? hard. There is still that unknown about him, as many wonder what "makes him tick," as he seems to not relish being in the limelight and would rather just go about his task, but it is obvious that his athletic ability makes him stand out in the crowd. He easily has that strong work ethic teams look for, evident by the extra hours he put in the training room in the off-season to redesign his body to play defense. He is very coachable and stays in very good shape. He is looked up to by the younger players and has taken on more of a leadership role in 2008 than in the past. He listens well and is a goal-oriented type that will do whatever the coaches ask. As a tight end, he is a hard worker on the field, doing a very good job of finishing his assignment on the playing field. He is not a complainer or front runner, showing the solid football character?GRADE-7.5



Athletic Report





Barwin shows good explosion in his first step, with a proper rise in his pad level off the ground. He does a good job of reaching and sticking his hands into the fray in order to gauge the offensive lineman?s attack. He flashes that burst to surprise a lethargic blocker (see 2008 Eastern Kentucky, Miami Ohio, Marshall, Rutgers and West Virginia games), which allows him to get instant penetration. He is a quick twitch type in his play, but must be conscious of keeping his arms inside the frame, as when he fires them too wildly, he leaves his body exposed for bigger blockers to lock on and control him. Still, Barwin shows consistent explosion coming off the snap. He has very good initial quickness and can change direction effortlessly. He is especially effective generating that burst coming around the corner on the pass rush?If one needs to appreciate Barwin?s explosion off the snap, they only need to view his late fourth quarter sack of Pitt QB Bill Stull, as he went 360-degrees in the backfield, fending off five blockers to sack the passer. As the 2008 season progressed, Barwin showed that he actually was getting stronger and quicker deeper into the games, thanks to his excellent athletic ability. He has more than proven that he is a quick-twitch player who can easily burst up field and has made strides in generating the same quickness with his hands to disengage and it was very rare to see him be late coming off the line of scrimmage?GRADE-7.8

Strength at Point


Because of his good pad level, Barwin is capable of slipping under slow blockers. He has the strength to shed and go vs. tight ends and fullbacks, but must continue to improve his hand usage in order to do a better job of combating double teams. He has that natural strength to impact an opponent, but is still learning the proper way to execute counter moves and generate good body lean. He just lacks the size and bulk you want in attempts to split or play the double team (when he drops his hands, he can be walked off before he can reload and hold ground at the point of attack). Each game, you can see the conscious effort he is making to use his hands to get inside control and leverage, but it is still a work in progress. He has the strong hand jolt to push blockers back on their heels and also has the speed to separate and then chase down the ball, just lacking experience of knowing when to back off rather than out-battle. The thing you notice on film is that when he gets his hands on an opponent, he can tie up the blocker, standing them up and shed. His lower leg strength prevents lead blockers from being successful in attempts to reroute him (works better on the move than when stationary). He recovers off blocks quickly and is generally a disruptive force working down the line?As he continued to gain reps in 2008, you could see that Barwin was using his hands much better to control the blocker, allowing him to play with good leverage (see 2008 Rutgers and Pittsburgh games). With his low pad level and sudden surge off the line, the offensive tackles assigned to block him did not register any knockdowns vs. Barwin in his last seven games?GRADE-6.4

Use of Hands


Barwin has good strength to control tight ends and lead blockers, but needs to be more effective with his counter moves and keeping his hands inside the frame to prevent blockers from attacking his body. When he gets good hand position, he has the quick moves to fight off the edge and defeat the pass block. He is showing steady improvement in using his hands to fend off chop blocks in order to continue his flow to the ball when on the move. He needs to continue to work on his technique, but you can see that when he keeps his hands active, he is effective at creating separation. From his time on offense and playing basketball, it is evident that he has very fast hands on the pass rush, especially when disengaging. When he uses his hands to get inside control and plays with good technique, he will rarely give up any body surface (except when he gets a little too high in his stance). He also shows enough strength and pop to get off blocks, separate and jolt the blocker?Repetitions and time on the field saw Barwin greatly improve his hand usage throughout 2008. He now has the knowledge how to use his hands to control and get rid of blockers, despite giving up bulk. At his size, if he did not generate the hand punch he has, he would have had trouble getting off the bigger blockers?GRADE-6.7

Lateral Pursuit/Effort


Thanks to his exceptional balance and good change of direction agility, Barwin could also become a candidate to play strong-side linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. He plays with good knee bend working through trash, especially when needed to chase off the edge (see 2008 Eastern Kentucky and Miami Ohio games). He gives 110% effort in pursuit, as he is relentless trying to get to the ball. He moves well in the open field, thanks to his lateral range and his high motor lets him make big plays chasing across the field. He can close down the line of scrimmage quickly and shows the sudden burst needed to chase down plays from the backside. He is a good hustler who will run the long distance needed to make the plays at the opposite end of the field. Just look at the 2008 Pittsburgh game. You will see on all four of his involved sacks that Barwin will run a long way to deliver a hit. He simply refuses to give up on the play and even though he was penalized for a horse-collar tackle vs. West Virginia, he has developed quite a good feel for the runner?s path and how to angle to get to the ball?GRADE-7.0

Tackling Ability


Barwin is still adjusting to playing defense and wrap-tackling, but he does collision with lead blockers and ball carriers with a strong thud. He has the power and good pad level to impede the runner?s forward progress by attacking his opponent?s outside leg. Early in the 2008 season, he would tend to lunge and reach, but in recent games (more so from reps and experience), he has been playing with much better control and awareness. If he continues to flow to the ball and not try to overpower blockers, he will develop solid wrap technique. He shows good aggression in pursuit and explosiveness behind his hits. When locking up, his upper body strength allows him to drive through smaller blockers. In the open field, he willingly throws his body around. When he sets his sights on the quarter-back, he will generally unload behind his hits. Later in 2008, Barwin showed that he has the quickness and strength to be an explosive tackler, but you would like to see him attack the ball more often than the man in order to jar the pigskin loose?GRADE-6.2

Run Defense


On 42 running plays he made stops on, the opposition has managed just 5 yards to date in 2008. He needs to continue working on his hand usage at the point of attack, but he does a nice job of locking on and shedding the lead blockers when playing the ball in his area. He has that above average balance needed to make plays in pursuit, showing good knee bend. He will get covered up and contained by the bigger blockers, when he runs right into the pile, but while he is still a work in progress as a stack-&-shed type, he doers a very good job of stringing out plays and playing off blocks on the move. He makes quite a few plays in pursuit and shows the hand strength to shed and make plays while defending the tight end?s low blocks. He has very good balance, but must continue to be active with his hands in order to wear down the blockers during the game. For a player of his size, Barwin has shown very good strength taking on blockers in 2008. He might lack the "sand in his pants" that you look for in a defensive end, but coming off the edge, he has shown steady strides in holding his ground at the point of attack. Still, he is best when making plays on the move, rather than wait for the action to come to him?GRADE-7.8

Pass Rush and Blitz


Barwin is very capable of becoming a quality pass rusher, thanks to his pad level, change of direction agility and quickness off the snap. When he explodes off the ball and gathers in the middle of his pass rush, few bigger blockers have the quickness to mirror him. He is quickly learning how to dip for arm action pressure and has a nice reverse spin move to attack from the back door. Once he learns to use his hands, he will be much more effective using inside counter moves. He has the proper pad level needed to work on the offensive lineman?s edge when working in-line. He is simply a quick-twitch type with a very explosive up field burst and smooth hips. He shows very good rip, swim, counter and bull rush moves. He will sometimes get a little too anxious in pursuit and overshoot the quarterback, but is quick to recover and get back into the action. His counter moves are becoming quite effective in recent games (see 2008 Marshall, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Syracuse games), especially when bending around the corner. With Barwin?s up field speed and knee bend, when he comes off the corner, he can easily beat the offensive tackle or counter back inside if the blocker over-plays him on the outside. He has also started to develop a nice array of pass rush moves (spin move is the best of any DE in the 2009 draft)?GRADE-8.3

Closing on the QB


This is where Barwin?s speed is most evident. In recent games, he has shown much better spin action to play off blockers when engaging them up field. His ability to escape with suddenness allows him to apply backside pressure (see 2008 Miami of Ohio, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Hawaii games). He has that burst that consistently surprises a lethargic blocker. When left out on an island, he is very capable of delivering the "knock out" blow to the quarterback. He does get out of control, at times, but you would rather that he plays with a relentless motor than just pick his moments. When free coming off the edge, it is as if he takes dead aim for the quarter-back. If he breaks free from his blockers, he can generate lots of heat in the backfield with his quick pursuit. He has the burst to close on the quarterback off twists and games. Even in long pursuit, his quickness is above average. He has that great burst to accelerate around the corner to close the deal fast on the pass rush?GRADE-7.7



Right now, Barwin plays strictly on instincts, but he is a quick learner who rarely makes the same mistake twice. He is steadily building a good feel for block pressure, but there are times he just runs into the pile and gets absorbed. The quicker he adjusts to reading blocking schemes, the better he will get. He is good at sifting out the plays in the back-field, but because of his size, he will sometimes have to work harder to find the running plays in a crowd. He shows good awareness to find the ball and reacts with quickness when on the move than when working in the trenches. He picks up the ball on the run very well in pursuit. While he is becoming effective reacting to block pressure, he can get rerouted by the offensive tackle when he gets too high in his stance. Still, he is a smart player with an instinctive feel for blocks and can generally find the ball in the open field? Barwin seems to becoming very comfortable in his role coming off the edge in 2008. He is developing a good feel for the game and has done a very good job of locating the ball on rthe move. He makes good adjustments to slip through and avoid blocks and has become much more alert to blocking schemes. Earlier in the season, he would just run into spots and try to overpower the blocker. Now, he is showing good savvy in his play, as he has developed the hand placement and technique to beat blockers off the edge and has a good feel for angling in attempts to shorten the field in his quest to get to the ball carrier?GRADE-6.7



Athletic Report





Barwin flashes good strength and quickness to power through the jam and get back into his routes. He has that quick initial move, head fake and hip snap to rock the safeties back on their heels. With his change of direction agility, he is seldom held up and often runs free from the slower second level defenders. He is very fluid and appears to be balanced, as he can get skinny to get his best release. He has above average foot speed to elude and developing strength to fight through the hold-up at the line of scrimmage. His ability to get into his routes, along with his size and natural hands, makes him an inviting target working back to the quarterback.



Barwin shows good ability to get open in the short area, demonstrating good awareness skills to uncover. He has the quick reactionary ability to adjust and separate to get under the ball in flight. He does a nice job when posting up and using his body to shield defenders from the ball (three fumbles in 37 games on offense). While he was used mostly on controlled routes, he does have the quickness to execute deep patterns, as he can get down field and stretch the secondary, showing good skills to track the long throw and accelerate in the seam. He has the ability to stretch the coverage and his speed will expose defenders. He knows how to uncover and use his hands to push off the line-backers to stay open on short routes.



This is one of his better assets, especially when he has to reach a 7-tech, as he has a knack for hooking them. He shows good intelligence getting into his patterns, playing with good suddenness to gain advantage on the defender. Even when he is occasionally late off the snap, he has the second gear to get to top speed in a hurry.

Route Running


Barwin is a decent route runner, but was used mostly on digs, drags and option routes. With his speed, you would have hoped that the coaches would have let him line wide more often. He will drift and round his cuts, at times, but has the ability to break sharply without having to gather himself (corrected a minor hitch, a false step coming off the blocks).

Separation Ability


Barwin flashes good suddenness to separate. He does gather at the top of his route and has the hand strength to get a good push off the defender working up field. He can easily separate from linebackers and safeties in man coverage and knows how to use his body well to push off and create separation.

Ball Concentration


Barwin has good overall body flexibility to adjust to off-target throws, whether they are high, low or behind him. His flexibility lets him catch outside his radius and he works hard to secure the contested ball. He does have a tendency to trap the ball, and at times, will drop it, but when he extends for the ball away from his frame, he does a nice job of getting to the pigskin at its high point. He also shows urgency securing the ball before he runs. He maintains balance and awareness through his routes, keeping an eye on the defender?s positioning.

Ball Adjustment


Barwin seems natural making body adjustments, as he can track the ball in tight quarters or make the over-the-shoulder grabs. His hands are natural, but he will drop a few when he tries to basket catch. Still, he is a naturally fluid and smooth runner who shows above average flexibility and body adjustment skills on the run.

Leaping Ability


Thanks to his time as a basketball player, Barwin has that ability to get up and attack the ball in flight. He does a good job of extending for the ball at its high point and shows good power when shielding defenders from the pigskin.



Barwin has natural hands and good extension to catch outside his frame. He caught 31-of-41 passes targeted to him in 2007, doing a nice job of protecting the ball on contact. He catches smoothly and demonstrates solid hand/eye coordination. Even though he might drop an easy toss on occasion, his hands are generally reliable. He will short arm a bit when working in tight quarters, but when lined wide or in deep routes, he will extend and pluck with a fluid motion.

Run After the Catch


Barwin has adequate run vision and decent elusiveness. He runs tough to get the first downs (converted 5-of-8 third down throws in 2007), and has the speed to challenge the defender, using his change of direction skills to make the opponent miss. He also has the power to run through and break tackles. He runs at a low pad level and has the strength to break tackles in the open.

Blocking Ability


Barwin was inconsistent as an in-line blocker, as he did not have the bulk you look for from someone taking on down linemen. He is more of a position/shield type than a driver, as he struggled some to maintain contact at the line of scrimmage. He is much better cut blocking and angling into the second level, doing a nice job of adjusting on the move. He flashes the feet, knee bend and awareness, along with good effort, blocking for the ball carriers. He is just better blocking linebackers than in-line, as he is quick to seal off and make contact in the open field. He has adequate strength to uproot and get downfield movement when blocking in-line, but shows much better ability to reach and shield at the second level vs. the linebackers, displaying outstanding balance to sustain.

Special Teams


Whether blocking kicks or getting down field in a hurry to prevent the big run back, Barwin?s athletic ability, especially his leaping skills shine through as a kick blocker (see 2007 South Florida and 2008 Marshall and Connecticut games). He shows good urgency and vision getting down field to make the play and is definitely going to be an asset on special teams in the NFL.




Barwin is one of the most underrated defensive ends in the collegiate ranks. He has a developing, athletic physique with room for additional growth. He shows good upper body muscle definition, tight waist and hips, thick thighs and calves and a good bubble. He has excellent quickness and explosion coming off the snap. He is a physical tackler who can close down the line of scrimmage and shows excellent lateral pursuit ability. He has also made good strides in using his hands to defeat low blocks.

Barwin is a disruptive force in the backfield due to his lateral agility and chase speed. He does a very good job of working off the offensive tackle?s edge when chasing around the back door. He is an active pass rusher who relies on a very effective swim move and a strong burst to close on the quarterback. He is relentless in pursuit and knows how to use his size to gain leverage. He just needs to stay consistent in getting his hands into the blocker to stand up and push back the opponent coming off the snap.

As a defensive end, Barwin does not have the bulk to prevent from getting locked up or rerouted, but is much more effective playing on the move than in the trenches. He is steadily developing fast hands, and already displays smooth hips and excellent quickness coming off the edge. Combine that with his rip, swim, counter and bull rush moves and you can see why he will generally face regular double coverage coming off the edge. He will get a little high in his stance at times, but his change of direction agility and foot speed allows him to separate and redirect.

When he plays at a good pad level, Barwin is capable of attacking the pocket with his burst and also does a nice job of using his suddenness to penetrate coming off the edge. He is usually explosive in his initial move and can snatch, separate and shed blocks with efficiency vs. smaller blockers. He has the instincts to find the ball in traffic, but must develop a stronger anchor to hold ground at the point of attack.

The thing you notice on film is his ability to come across the blocker?s face and the low pad level to collapse the rush lanes when working down the line. His backside closing burst and lateral agility allow him to string out plays to the sidelines with blockers on him. Against the run, he is slowly developing the hand usage needed to protect his body and play off cuts.

Barwin has good strength to gain leverage on the move and has enough strength to shock the smaller opponent coming off blocks. Against the pass, he has the agility to drop some on zone blitzes and shows good awareness to knock down the pass at the line of scrimmage. His burst and acceleration working in space makes him very effective chasing down the ball in long pursuit.

As a tight end, Barwin is a fluid open field runner who has very good flexibility to adjust and turn to off-target passes on the run. As a blocker, he will consistently stay on his man and remain on his feet blocking down field, but lacks the strength to uproot defenders at the line of scrimmage. Even when he gets stalemated, he fights with good effort. He plays with a low pad level, gets good arm extension on the run and can easily make reach blocks on linebackers.

As a receiver, Barwin is quick off the mark and also in-&-out of his breaks, but can improve here by extending for the ball away from his frame more. He shows good ability to track the ball in flight and will extend for the off-target tosses with a natural ease.

On special teams, his leaping ability will be a great benefit for a pro team as a kick blocker. Overall, he is a hard worker with good skills. While he is not overly strong or tall, he finds ways to do his assignments. He can down block, reach and drive block efficiently and catch the ball from the flex alignment. Whether on offense or defense, his athletic skills will be very inviting for a patient coach to develop.




When someone came up with that phrase, "consummate team player," Connor Barwin was exactly the athlete they had in mind. Perhaps his parents were fans of "old time" music, as the talented Bearcat has played with that John Cafferty approach to his game ? "Put me in coach, I?m ready to play (from the song, Centerfield).

Not only has Barwin done everything the staff has asked from him on the football field, but he also lent his services to the school?s basketball team, when injuries depleted that unit. On the gridiron, he has excelled as a wedge buster on the kickoff return unit, as a gunner on the punt coverage squad, as a kick blocker and a terrific hitter who has delivered bone-jarring tackles on opposing returners.

In addition, Barwin proved to be a clutch receiver at the tight end and H-back positions. He has amassed 39 first downs among his 52 receptions, converting eight third-down snaps and three more on fourth-down throws. 26 of his receptions gained at least 10 yards, with 13 of those grabs for 20 yards or longer. His clutch receptions produced 19 touchdown drives and three other series that ended with Cincinnati field goals.

Barwin was one of two true freshmen to letter at Cincinnati in 2005, wearing jersey #89 while appearing in all eleven games as a reserve tight end. He caught 8-of-14 passes targeted to him, good for 144 yards (18.0 avg), one touchdown and eight first downs. He also posted two solo tackles and recovered one fumble.

After the 2005 gridiron season, Barwin joined the Cincinnati 2005-06 basketball team as a walk-on. He appeared in 18 contests as a reserve, averaging 9.9 minutes per game. He shot 38.9% from the field (7-of-18 field goals) and 80% from the foul line (4-of-5 free throws). He also pulled down 40 rebounds (2.2 rpg), handed out four assists and blocked three shots.

As a sophomore, the Bearcat Academic Honor Roll selection shared tight end chores with Brent Celek, starting two of the thirteen games he appeared in. He ranked sixth on the team, catching 13-of-18 passes targeted to him (opposition deflected three of those attempts) for 148 yards (11.4 avg) and two touchdowns. Nine of his receptions were good for first downs, as he also led the special teams unit with eight solo tackles.

Like he did after his freshman football season, Barwin joined the Bearcats? 2006-07 basket-ball team. He appeared in 23 games as a swingman, hitting 10-of-23 field goals (43.5%) and 7-of-13 free throws (53.8%) for 27 points (1.2 ppg). He totaled 31 rebounds (1.4 rpg), had nine blocks and doled out five assists.

In 2007, Barwin played most of the snaps at tight end, even though he did not start any of the thirteen games he appeared in. He finished fourth on the team, catching 31-of-41 passes targeted to him for 399 yards (12.9 avg) and two touchdowns. 22 of his receptions were good for first downs. He also delivered three solo tackles, recovered two fumbles, recovered a blocked field goal and gained 18 yards on a blocked punt return.

Changes came on several fronts for the former tight end in 2008. Barwin switched to jersey #5 from #89, also moving to the other side of the ball as the team?s starting right defensive end. Through the team?s first five games, he posted 21 tackles (12 solos) with four sacks, five stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven quarterback pressures.


No major injuries reported.


Games: Played/Started-48/14

58 37 21 10.0-62 13.5-72

3 0 0-0 7 17

53 692 13.1 6 38

Career Notes

In 48 games at Cincinnati, Barwin started 14 contests (12 at defensive end, one at tight end, one at H-Back)?Produced 58 tackles (37 solos) with 16 solo tackles on special teams?Registered 10.0 sacks for minus 62 yards, 15.5 stops for losses of 74 yards and 17 quarterback pressures? Blocked five kicks, recovered three fumbles, deflected seven passes, had seven knockdowns on the kickoff coverage team, chased down the quarter-back 15 times, downed seven punts inside the 20-yard line and recorded 127 special teams points?The opposition averaged 0.12 yards on 42 rushing attempts and completed only 2-of-29 passes (6.90%) into Barwin?s area during the 2008 season?In 38 games on offense, Barwin caught 53-of-74 passes (71.62%) targeted to him, gaining 692 yards (13.06 avg) with six touchdowns?Added 37 yards on a pair of blocked punt returns, including one that resulted in a safety?Barwin was the only player in college football to register a sack, block a kick and catch a pass for a touchdown during the 2008 season?His 12.0 quarterback sacks in 2008 rank third on the school season-record list, topped only by Anthony Hoke (13.0 in 2007) and Antwan Peek (12.5 in 2001).

Compares To

DEFENSE-MATT ROTH-Miami?Like Roth, Barwin plays with a non-stop motor. Right now, he makes plays on instincts alone, but you can see with each passing week that he is developing a good feel for the game. Still, with his speed and edge rushing skills, he could be a nice fit in a 3-4 alignment as a strong-side linebacker.

OFFENSE- MATT SCHOBEL-Philadelphia?If utilized in a short area passing attack, Barwin has shown the ability to move the chains. His speed is his best asset, but he has shown good lower body strength to break tackles and pick up yardage after the catch.

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