Making a return to his alma mater, this time in a coaching capacity, is former Mizzou linebacking standout Brandon Barnes. Barnes joined the Tiger coaching staff in June as defensive quality control graduate assistant. In this newly-created role, Barnes will be responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations of the defensive coaching staff, including video breakdown, scouting, computer and video informational input, as well as providing various assistance with recruiting operations.
The Sikeston, Mo. native won honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors as a senior for Mizzou in 2003, when he notched a career-best 117 tackles, adding 10 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble for Gary Pinkel's first winning season at MU. That squad went 8-5 and reached the 2003 Independence Bowl.
Barnes earned his undergraduate degree from Mizzou in interdisciplinary studies in May of 2004, and signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League following the 2004 NFL Draft. He played with the Ravens as part of their practice squad through week three of that season, and was then picked up by the Washington Redskins, where he played the rest of the season, primarily on special teams. Barnes was with the Redskins through September of 2005 before his playing days came to an end.
Following his pro career, Barnes worked in commercial sales in the Kansas City, Mo., area, and then switched to advertising sales in 2007, before making the move to the coaching ranks. He will be pursuing a master's degree in health education at MU.
Barnes is married to the former Deon Hollis, a Kansas City native who is also a Mizzou graduate, and also was part of the Tiger Hostess group in her days at MU. The couple has a Terrier dog named Jada, who Barnes got from former teammate, the late Damien Nash.