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Tim Barnes

| | College: Missouri
 
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Overview

It took time for Barnes to get his shot to follow 2007 Rimington Trophy finalist Adam Spieker, but his play the past three seasons has put him on the radar of NFL scouts.

Barnes redshirted in 2006, then played in seven games as a reserve behind Spieker the following year before taking the reins of the Tigers' complex offense. He has started every game the past three seasons, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2008 and first-team All-Big 12 accolades from league coaches in 2010.

A veteran in the pivot with most of the qualities NFL teams want in their center including durability, intelligence and toughness. He's not considered an elite prospect because of his average athleticism, but could have a long career at the next level in the right situation.

Analysis

Strengths: Stocky center despite his height, using his large midsection and leg strength to anchor and prevent nose tackles from pushing him into the quarterback. Gives help to guard or tackle if uncovered. Run-blocking looks like his best asset despite playing in a spread offense. Comes off the ball hard and strong, capable of moving smaller defensive tackles with ease. Stays on his man throughout the play, keeping his arm extended into his chest to keep separation. Consistently takes "MIKE" linebackers out of the play with effort and strength. Strong leader on and off the field since his high school days and well-liked by his teammates.

Weaknesses: Not an exceptional athlete. Must recoil more quickly, get his hands up and move his feet to stay balanced against NFL defenders. Feet tend to be in cement after initial contact, when pass blocking; quicker defenders can swim and run around him to get a secondary rush. Footwork to second level is only adequate, won't be a force downfield. Has had labrum repair surgery on both shoulders.

2008 Season

Honorable mention All-Big 12.

2007 Season

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.

2006 Season

Redshirted in his first season in the program, working as part of the practice squad.

High School

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 … Has also earned 1st-Team All-Conference and All-District honors in basketball, as well … A solid student who is a member of the National Honor Society, and also served on his school's student council … High school coach - Caleb Crooker.

Personal

Parents - Jeff & Becky Barnes … Chose Mizzou over Miami, Fla., Michigan and Iowa, among others … Primary Mizzou recruiter - Andy Hill.

 
 
Latest News
04/04/2011 - Top offensive linemen: 4. Tim Barnes, Missouri, 6-4, 298, 4-5, One of the top players not invited to the combine, Barnes got his chance to work out for 12 teams before the March 17 Missouri pro day. He's tough and intelligent, with better movement skills than some have given him credit for in the wide splits of the spread offense. The All-Big 12 first-team center was a three-year starter. He consistently won battles against current and future NFL defensive linemen, tested by Ndamukong Suh, Taylor and the talented Iowa defensive line crew in the 2010 Insight Bowl. He left high school in Hughesville, Mo., as one of the top-ranked interior line prospects in the country and passed up Michigan, Miami and Iowa to stay in-state. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

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