Missouri vs Illinois. Sept. 4, 2010.
Edward Jones Dome - St. Louis, Mo.
·2009 Team Underclassmen Leadership Award
·2008 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Coaches)
·2008 Spring Team Most Improved Offensive Lineman
·2007 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12
One of the top centers in the nation who returns for his third and final year as a starter, and anchor of an offensive line which is being looked to as a strong point of the Tiger offensive attack ... Is only the third different player to start at center for Gary Pinkel, as he follows former greats A.J. Ricker (36 starts in 36 games under Pinkel from 2001-03) and Adam Spieker (MU-record 50 starts in 50 games from 2004-07) ... Enters the 2010 season with a string of 27 consecutive starts under his belt ... Should begin the season on the pre-season watch list for the Rimington Award, and should also be a leading candidate for All-Big 12 honors.Is one of only four scholarship fifth-year seniors on the roster, with CB Kevin Rutland, LB Jeff Gettys and DL Bart Coslet the others.
Helped lead the Tigers to a bowl game with his outstanding play anchoring the line of scrimmage ... Was a steadying force for first-year starting QB Blaine Gabbert, and made all 13 starts for the Tigers at center on the season ... Part of an offensive line that gave up just 20 sacks in 13 games on the season (467 passing attempts in all) ... Named to the watch list for the Rimington Award, which is given to the nation's top offensive lineman ... Part of an MU offense that averaged just under 30 points per game on the season.
Had an outstanding season in his first year as a starter, establishing himself as one of the top centers in the Big 12 Conference ... Took over the starting duties at center, starting all 14 games ... Earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition from league coaches ... Was a key part of the Tigers' offense that ranked eighth nationally in total offense (484.14 yards per game) and sixth in the NCAA in scoring offense (42.21 ppg), while coming in fourth in the nation in passing offense (330.36 ypg) ... Tiger offensive line also ranked 16th nationally in fewest quarterback sacks allowed (1.21 per game).
Made the move to center during before the season, where he served as understudy for Rimington finalist Adam Spieker ... Saw action in 7 games during the season, getting valuable game experience ... Took the field in games against Western Michigan, Illinois State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Colorado, Kansas State and in the Cotton Bowl against Arkansas ... An excellent student who earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors for his work in the classroom ... Entered spring camp listed No. 2 on the depth chart at right guard, before eventually moving to center.
Redshirted in his first season in the program, working as part of the practice squad.
One of the most highly-coveted prospects in the state of Missouri who was an early commitment to Mizzou, the summer prior to his junior season ... Was ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals, and as the No. 23 offensive guard prospect in the nation, as well ... Earned numerous All-State, All-Conference and All-District honors during his career at Pettis County Northwest High School in Hughesville, Mo. ... Excellent all-around athlete who was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and a two-year letterman in baseball, in addition to his exploits on the gridiron ... Also earned 1st-Team All-Conference and All-District honors in basketball, as well ... A solid student who was a member of the National Honor Society, and also served on his school's student council ... High school coach - Caleb Crooker.
Parents - Jeff & Becky Barnes ... Chose Mizzou over Miami, Fla., Michigan and Iowa, among others ... Majoring in communications at Mizzou.