03/05/2013 - Former Georgia Tech defensive tackle T.J. Barnes is letting the secret out just in time for Tech's pro day March 14 - he wants to sling the rock. Playing on the Yellow Jackets' defensive line, Barnes said Sunday, he played in a variety of spots - lined up directly over the center (known as zero technique) or shaded between the tackle and guard (three technique). Said Barnes, "I could see myself at end, but the ideal position I see myself is QB." Alas, NFL decision makers will likely not go outside the box with Barnes on draft day. The fact that he has never played quarterback before doesn't help his cause. "If I put effort into this, I could be the next Tom Brady, Peyton Manning," Barnes said. Unfortunately, Barnes was only joking. He did offer reports and insight from his NFL combine experience more grounded in reality. Forthwith.
Barnes said he actually felt slow when he ran his 5.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He said he had been running faster at his pre-combine training in Boca Raton, Fla. But he said he won't run it again at the pro day, satisfied with his time. "I think I impressed a lot of people, so I don't think I'm going to run again," he said.
Barnes said he was hoping to get 30 bench-press reps of 225 pounds, but finished with 25. Had he hit 30, he would have been top five among all defensive linemen in Indianapolis. He tied for 22nd. Barnes said he'll do positional drills and may try for better scores on the vertical jump (22.0 inches, 38th out of 38) and broad jump (97 inches, 36th out of 37). - Ken Sugiura, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: DT-T.J. Barnes, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (2), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. - Georgia Tech football
08/15/2012 - By all accounts, massive nose tackle T.J. Barnes (6-7, 345) worked hard in the offseason to prepare for the starting job. He's replacing Logan Walls. "Physically, he's cut weight," OLB Jeremiah Attaochu told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "In conditioning drills, he can stand a lot more. He can be out there running with the slimmest defensive linemen. He's looking pretty agile." - The Sports Xchange