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Willis Barringer

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 208 | College: Michigan
 
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Overview

One of the top special teams coverage defenders in the collegiate ranks, Barringer appeared in 43 games for the Wolverines, starting 17 contests in the secondary. A versatile player, Barringer also has experience at cornerback.

Barringer attended Scott High School, where he lettered three times in football, earning a three-star prospect rating from Rivals100.com (rated the nation's 27th-best cornerback by that service). He was an All-Midwest choice by Super Prep, adding All-Blade, All-City League and All-District honors as a senior. He recorded 95 career tackles and 10 interceptions as a cornerback.

Barringer collected 1,901 career yards on 343 carries and 24 rushing touchdowns on offense, adding 10 catches for 50 yards. He rushed for 964 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards as a senior, and also delivered 45 tackles, two interceptions, 12 pass break-ups and recovered two fumbles during that season.

As a junior, he gained 937 yards on 134 carries with nine scores and posted 50 tackles and six interceptions. Barringer also competed for the school's track team. He posted a personal-best time of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash, earning All-State honors.

In 2002, Barringer enrolled at Michigan, spending the season on the scout team as a free safety. He started five of 10 contests at that position in 2003, coming up with 23 tackles (14 solos) and two pass deflections. He was relegated to special teams duties in 2004 because of a leg injury suffered against Northwestern, making five tackles (four solos) in 10 games.

Barringer started nine of 10 games at free safety in 2005, missing the Penn State and Iowa games after being carted off the field against Minnesota with a left knee sprain. He was credited with 43 tackles (29 solos), a forced fumble and three pass break-ups. He also came up with two interceptions.

A broken bone in his hand in September and a left knee sprain in mid-November saw Barringer start only three of 12 games in 2006. He collected 17 tackles (12 solos) with a stop for a loss, as the safety batted down four passes and picked off another. He would close out his Michigan career with 88 tackles (59 solos), a stop for a one-yard loss and a forced fumble. He had three interceptions for 14 yards in returns and nine deflected passes.

Analysis

Positives: Has a muscular frame with good chest and arm development, lean, but defined thighs and calves and room to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk … Effective nickel back due to his ability to handle switch-offs and keep plays in front of him while playing in zone coverage … Has the speed and range to come up and support along the perimeter and gives good effort closing on the play … Takes good angles in pursuit and reads keys well, showing a good flow to the ball … Fine special teams tackler who shows great awareness playing the zone … Has the hip flexibility to jam the receivers at the line and the foot speed to stay stride-for-stride with his man racing down the sidelines … Adequate man coverage defender with a quick turning motion and a fluid stride coming out of his backpedal … Has the strength to provide run support and has the hands and arm extension to get a piece of the ball in the air … .Once he sees the play develop, he uses his loose hips to get good depth and width dropping back in pass protection … Has enough range and urgency in his pursuit to be a decent downhill tackler … Has good hands and extension to reach and pluck the ball at its high point … Stays low in his pads and strikes with force when asked to fill the rush lanes.

Negatives: His intent on zeroing in on the ball sometimes brings about sloppy tackling, as he gets out of control, taking arm swipes at the ball carrier rather than wrapping to secure … Needs to show better concentration on his man, rather than eying the big play … Hard worker on the field, but a bit of a trash talker and needs to be more productive to back up those boasts … Not used much on the blitz, as he tends to run right into the pile and fails to use his arms effectively in attempts to shed … Must also deliver his hands quicker and with more force in attempts to jam or reroute the short-area receivers … Has had several injury problems in recent years that warrant further medical evaluation (question his durability) … Does not have the long arms needed to elevate and snatch the ball away from the taller receivers (lacks ideal height) … Has good timed speed, but only marginal stop-and-go agility, as he is prone to out-running the play.

Compares To: PATRICK BODY-Minnesota-Like Body, Barringer's versatility and special teams coverage play will help him earn a roster spot. But he is not really a playmaker, and while he fills the rush lanes well he struggles in man coverage and gets too out of control in his play to hope for anything more than special teams or dime package playing time.

Career Notes

Switched from jersey No. 33 to No. 19 during 2003 spring drills.

2006 Season

Co-recipient of the Robert P. Ufer Bequest as the senior football player who shows the most enthusiasm and love for Michigan … Played in twelve games, starting the final three contests vs. Ohio State, Indiana and Southern California at free safety … Sat out the Notre Dame clash with an ankle sprain and left the Ohio State contest in the first half with a left knee sprain … Finished with 17 tackles (12 solos) and a stop for a 1-yard loss … Intercepted one pass and deflected four others.

2006 Game Analysis

Wisconsin … Registered five tackles (4 solos).

Minnesota … Added a pair of tackles and a pass break-up.

Northwestern … Took down tailback Tyrell Sutton behind the line of scrimmage and was in on a pair of solo tackles … Also picked off a C.J. Bacher pass.

Ohio State … Left the game early in the first quarter with a left knee sprain.

Southern California (Rose Bowl) … Started his final game, responding with six tackles (5 solos) and a pair of pass deflections.

2005 Season

Appeared in ten games, starting nine contests (came off the bench on Senior Day vs. Northwestern) at free safety … Sat out the Penn State and Iowa clashes after he was carted off the field at the start of the second half vs. Minnesota with a left knee sprain … Finished with 43 tackles (29 solos) and a forced fumble … Deflected three passes and intercepted two others for 14 yards in returns.

2005 Game Analysis

Northern Illinois … In his first start since the 2003 season, Barringer responded with five tackles (4 solos).

Notre Dame and Ohio State … Posted four tackles in each contest.

Wisconsin … Delivered seven tackles (4 solos) and a pressure.

Michigan State … Batted away three passes and collected six tackles (5 solos) as he picked off QB Drew Stanton twice for 14 yards in returns.

Minnesota … Caused a fumble when he stripped the ball from tailback Laurence Maroney and made five tackles (3 solos).

Nebraska (Alamo Bowl) … Registered a career-high nine tackles (5 solos).

2004 Season

Played in ten games on special teams, missing the Ohio State clash after injuring his leg vs. Northwestern … Managed just five tackles (4 solos) … Had a season-high three solo tackles vs. Miami (Oh.) … Added one tackle in each of the San Diego State and Illinois games.

2003 Season

Played in ten games, starting five contests at free safety … Produced 23 tackles (14 solos) with a pair of pass deflections … Began his career with four tackles vs. Central Michigan, followed by five tackles vs. Illinois … Deflected a pass and had a season-high six tackles (3 solos) vs. Purdue … Added two tackles in each of the Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Southern California (Rose Bowl) games.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2004: Sat out the Ohio State game after suffering a leg contusion against Northwestern.

2005: Did not play against Penn State and Iowa after leaving the Minnesota game during the first series of the second half with a left knee sprain (carted off the field).

2006: Did not play against Notre Dame after breaking a bone in his hand and suffering an ankle sprain against Central Michigan … Left the Ohio State game in the first quarter with a left knee sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.38 in the 40-yard dash … 300-pound bench press … 30 1/4-inch arm length … 9 1/4-inch hands.

Combine: Did not receive and invitation.

High School

Attended Scott (Toledo, Oh.) High School, playing football for head coach Matt Davis …

Lettered three times in football, earning a three-star prospect rating from Rivals100.com (rated the nation's 27th-best cornerback by that service) … All-Midwest choice by Super Prep, adding All-Blade, All-City League and All-District honors as a senior … Recorded 95 career tackles and 10 interceptions as a cornerback … Collected 1,901 career yards on 343 carries and 24 rushing touchdowns on offense, adding 10 catches for 50 yards … Rushed for 964 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards as a senior, and also delivered 45 tackles, two interceptions, 12 pass break-ups and recovered two fumbles during that season … As a junior, he gained 937 yards on 134 carries with nine scores and posted 50 tackles and six interceptions … Competed for the school's track team, posting a personal best time of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash, earning All-State honors.

Personal

General Studies major, enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts … Born Willis Earl Barringer II on 3/11/84 … Resides in Toledo, Ohio.

 
 

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