Official Marion Barber III Bio

An closer look at Marion Barber's college career at Minnesota.

A 2004 All-America, All-Big Ten and Doak Walker Award candidate selected to College Football News Heisman watch list preseason first-team All-American by Street & Smith's ranked as the ninth-best running back in the nation by Lindy's and Phil Steele's College Preview also ranked among the top-15 running backs by The Sporting News has the most rushing yards from last season (1,196) of any returning tailback in the Big Ten and joins Laurence Maroney to form one of the top backfields in the nation focal point of an offense which not only rewrote the school record book in 2003, but set a Big Ten record for total offense (6,430) and finished with the fourth-highest rushing total (3,759) and sixth-highest point total (503) in Big Ten history teamed with Maroney last season to become only the third duo in Big Ten history and the 30th in NCAA history to each post 1,000 yards rushing in the same season (and the first running back duo to accomplish that feat since Colorado State in 1996) also selected by numerous preseason publications as an All-Big Ten punt returner powerful runner with deceiving speed who makes great cuts and excels between the tackles.

CAREER NOTES: Ranks 10th on the school's career rushing chart with 2,007 yards despite missing almost the entire 2002 season his 24 career rushing touchdowns tie for fourth on the school's all-time list his nine 100-yard rushing games tie for fifth on the school's career list ranks third all-time in career rushing average (min. 200 att.) with a 5.83 average only 39 carries away from moving into the top-15 for career rushing attempts team is 8-1 when Barber records a 100-yard rushing effort, including 6-1 in 2003 has six multi-touchdown games in his career.

2003 SOPHOMORE SEASON: First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media selected to and College Football News All-Big Ten Team a second team All-America selection and ranked as the 22nd-best player in the nation by College Football News ran for 1,196 rushing yards, ranking eighth on school's single-season list his 92.0 yards rushing per game ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 37th in the nation his 17 rushing touchdowns broke the school's season record of 13 held by Darrell Thompson (1987) and Jim Perkins (1976) averaged 5.8 yards per carry tied the single-season school record with seven 100-yard rushing games had two streaks of three consecutive 100-yard rushing games, which is tied for fourth in school history for consecutive 100-yard games had a streak of eight straight games (8/30 - 10/18) with a rushing touchdown led the team in scoring with 102 points, tying him for second all-time in single-season points led the Big Ten in punt return average (14.5 ypr) and finished seventh in the NCAA ranked second on the team in kickoff return average (21.5 ypr) his punt return average ranks second all-time at Minnesota for a season ranked second in the conference and 14th in the nation in all-purpose yards (145.5 ypg) and was sixth in the Big Ten and 32nd in the NCAA in scoring played in all 13 games after playing just two games in 2002 carried the ball eight times for 48 yards and three touchdowns in season opener vs. Tulsa (8/30) had a career-long 50-yard punt return vs. Troy State (9/6) carried 18 times for 104 yards and a school-recordtying four touchdowns at Ohio (9/13) rushed 14 times for 120 yards and a pair of scores against Louisiana-Lafayette (9/20) posted third-straight 100-yard game with 134 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown at Penn State (9/27) rushed for a pair of 31-yard touchdown runs at Northwestern (10/4) and finished with 77 yards on just 11 carries had a career-high 197 rushing yards vs. Michigan (10/10) and added 46 receiving yards had career-highs in receptions (5) and yards (57) vs. Michigan State (10/18) ran for 129 yards on 24 carries at Illinois (10/25) surpassed the 1,000-yard career rushing mark vs. Indiana (11/1) and collected his sixth 100-yard game with 107 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown against the Hoosiers led the team with 139 yards and a touchdown vs. Wisconsin (11/8) rushed twice for 25 yards in the first quarter at Iowa (11/15) before leaving with an injury surpassed 2,000 yards rushing for his career with 37 yards against Oregon (12/31) saw action on 612 plays earned second letter.

2002: Redshirted after suffering hamstring injury saw action in two games, rushing for 69 yards on 19 carries ran for 48 yards on 10 carries against Buffalo (9/21/02) had three receptions for 25 yards preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by The Sporting News and Athlon participated in 55 plays.

2001 FRESHMAN SEASON: Named third-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News earned Bobby Bell Award as the team's outstanding special teams player ran for 742 yards on 118 carries for a stellar average of 6.3 yards per carry had seven rushing touchdowns saw action in all 11 games as a true freshman, starting against Louisiana-Lafayette (9/6/01) and Ohio State (11/3/01) ranked second in the Big Ten in yards per carry (6.3) among backs with over 100 carries posted the fifth-best freshman rushing performance in school history with a 173-yard, two-touchdown game against Louisiana-Lafayette broke team's longest kickoff return with a 77-yard scamper against Murray State (10/27/01) posted 158 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in win over Michigan State (10/20/01) ran for season-long 40-yard touchdown against Spartans ran for 84 yards on 15 carries against Ohio State (11/3/01) carried seven times for 58 yards and a score at Illinois (10/6/01) saw action on 352 plays earned first letter.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Wayzata High School (Minn.) high school coach was Brad Anderson a SuperPrep All-Midwest Team selection and a PrepStar All-Midwest selection rushed for 1,778 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior also excelled as a defensive back led his team with 10 interceptions, three of which came against Cretin- Derham Hall's Joe Mauer consensus all-state selection led his team to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the state tournament as a senior posted an 18-4 two-year record at Wayzata an honorable mention all-conference performer in baseball as a center fielder.

PERSONAL: Business marketing education major son of Marion and Karen Barber father Marion Jr. is former NFL and All-Big Ten Golden Gopher running back recipient of the Sheldon Douglas Endowed Scholarship born June 10, 1983.

Barber's Career Rushing Stats
Year     G   Att     Yds     Avg.    TD     Long
2001     11  118     742     6.3     7      40
2002      2   19      69     3.6     0      27
2003     13  207    1196     5.8     17     45
Totals   26  344    2007     5.8     24     45
Barber's Career Receiving Stats
Year    G   Att   Yds   Avg.  TD    Long
2001    11   2    19    9.5   0     14
2002     2   3    25    8.3   0     12
2003    13  13   119	9.2   0     21 
Totals  26  18   163    9.1   0     21 
Barber's Game Offensive Bests
Rushes              27     vs. Wisconsin      11-8-2003
Rushing Yards      197     vs. Michigan       10-10-2003
Rushing Touchdowns   4     at Ohio             9-13-2003
Long Rush           45     vs. Michigan       10-10-2003
Receptions           5     vs. Michigan State 10-18-2003
Receiving Yards     57     vs. Michigan State 10-18-2003
Long Reception      21     vs. Michigan State 10-18-2003

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