2015 NFL DRAFT

Ricky Barnum, OG

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 297 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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08/15/2012 - Ricky Barnum insists he's not trying to be David Molk. That would be quite a challenge for the easygoing Barnum. In four years as Michigan's center, Molk worked his way into the nation's best on the field - winning the Rimington Award in 2011 - and remained one of its most intense leaders off it. Barnum's task is to take the best parts of Molk and replicate it with his own style. "The personality is part of it," offensive line coach Darrell Funk said. "But I don't care if a guy never says a word off the field, he's got to be a center that takes charge out there, so that part shouldn't change. With Molk, knowing he had all those games under his belt, plus a take-control personality, that made it easier to do that. But Ricky's got to do the same thing." Already in his fifth year, this is the chance Barnum has anticipated. In his first four seasons - one redshirt and three at left guard - Barnum never has played more than four games in a year for a variety of reasons. For two years, it was waiting his turn behind veteran Steve Schilling, the offensive line incumbent now in the NFL. Last year, Barnum expected to be the starting left guard but suffered an injury to one ankle, then the other, limiting him to three starts. By the time he started healing, Michael Schofield was holding down the position, and it was waiting time again. Now his chance comes at the spot that fits him best. It just took awhile to get there. "He fits that position better than he did playing guard," offensive coordinator Al Borges said. "He can play guard in a minute, but he fits the center well. He's a smart kid, and that's huge for that position because a lot goes into it with the calls and all that. He's done well." - Mark Snyder, The Detroit Free Press

09/14/2011 - OG Ricky Barnum, a starter who was not dressed for the 2011 season opener due to an unspecified suspension, was back in the lineup against Notre Dame as served as one of Michigan's game captains. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - OG Ricky Barnum, a starter, was not dressed for the 2011 season opener due to an unspecified suspension relating to what head coach Brady Hoke called a "team issue". Sophomore Michael Schofield started in Barnum's absence. Barnum is expected back for the Notre Dame game. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - Michigan coach Brady Hoke has decided not to allow starting offensive guard Ricky Barnum to be in uniform for the opener. The school said Barnum, backup running back Stephen Hopkins and reserve linebacker Marell Evans would not play Saturday against Western Michigan because of a team matter. Starting linebacker Cam Gordon wasn't expected to play because of a back injury. - AP Sports

 
Latest News
08/15/2012 - Ricky Barnum insists he's not trying to be David Molk. That would be quite a challenge for the easygoing Barnum. In four years as Michigan's center, Molk worked his way into the nation's best on the field - winning the Rimington Award in 2011 - and remained one of its most intense leaders off it. Barnum's task is to take the best parts of Molk and replicate it with his own style. "The personality is part of it," offensive line coach Darrell Funk said. "But I don't care if a guy never says a word off the field, he's got to be a center that takes charge out there, so that part shouldn't change. With Molk, knowing he had all those games under his belt, plus a take-control personality, that made it easier to do that. But Ricky's got to do the same thing." Already in his fifth year, this is the chance Barnum has anticipated. In his first four seasons - one redshirt and three at left guard - Barnum never has played more than four games in a year for a variety of reasons. For two years, it was waiting his turn behind veteran Steve Schilling, the offensive line incumbent now in the NFL. Last year, Barnum expected to be the starting left guard but suffered an injury to one ankle, then the other, limiting him to three starts. By the time he started healing, Michael Schofield was holding down the position, and it was waiting time again. Now his chance comes at the spot that fits him best. It just took awhile to get there. "He fits that position better than he did playing guard," offensive coordinator Al Borges said. "He can play guard in a minute, but he fits the center well. He's a smart kid, and that's huge for that position because a lot goes into it with the calls and all that. He's done well." - Mark Snyder, The Detroit Free Press

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