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Antwan Barnes

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 240 | College: Florida International
 
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Overview

Despite playing a position much more suited for players bigger and heavier than him, Barnes has feasted on beating offensive linemen coming off the edge. His relentless back-side pursuit has professional scouts likening him to the Indianapolis Colts' Robert Mathis. Other scouts feel Barnes will have to shift back to linebacker at the next level.

At either position, he has proven to be a capable run stuffer, a cat-quick pass rusher and an intense collision-type hitter who finished his career as only the sixth player in school history to amass more that 200 tackles (224).

Barnes was an All-State first-team linebacker who was touted by several recruiting services as FIU's best-ever football recruit coming out of Norland High School. He was listed on the Miami Herald's Top-20 in the Miami-Dade County area and helped lead Norland to the Class 6A state championship as a senior.

During the regular season, he recorded 65 tackles, 30 of those for losses and 13 sacks. In five playoff games, he racked up another 51 tackles, 20 for losses, and 14 sacks, including posting two sacks and a fumble recovery in the state championship game. He also earned second-team All-County honors. As a wrestler, Barnes was a two-time district champion, a regional runner-up and a state qualifier.

Barnes decided to enroll at Florida International in 2003, choosing the Golden Panthers over offers from Miami, Michigan State and Louisiana State. As a true freshman, he started all 12 games at strong-side outside linebacker. He collected 57 tackles (28 solos) with three sacks and led the team with 11 stops for losses. He also caused a fumble, blocked a kick and deflected two passes.

In 2004, Barnes started just three of 10 games at strong-side linebacker. He produced 53 tackles (30 solos) with three sacks and again led the team with eight stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused two fumbles, blocked a kick and deflected two passes while also returning his first career interception for a touchdown.

Barnes was a reserve strong-side linebacker for the first two games of 2005 before the coaching staff moved him into the starting lineup at strong-side defensive end. He ranked sixth in the nation with 11 sacks and 24th nationally with 15.5 stops for losses. He added 45 tackles (27 solos) with a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick to earn All-Sun Belt Conference first-team honors.

Barnes started all 12 games at strong-side end in 2006, ranking third in NCAA Division 1-A with an average of 1.88 stops behind the line of scrimmage per game. He made 69 tackles (42 solos) with four sacks. He recovered a fumble, deflected a pass and returned an interception for a score, helping the team rank fourth in the nation in pass defense (147.67 ypg), earning All-Sun Belt Conference first-team recognition.

In 45 games at Florida International, Barnes started 38 times (21 at defensive end, 17 at linebacker). He is the sixth player in school history to record more than 200 tackles, coming up with 224 tackles (127 solos). He holds the school career records with 23 sacks for minus-164 yards and 57 stops for losses totaling 247 yards. He registered six quarterback pressures with six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He deflected five passes and intercepted two others, returning both for touchdowns while gaining a total of 74 yards. He also blocked three kicks.

Analysis

Positives: Naturally well-built athlete with well-proportioned upper body muscles, tight waist and hips and thick thighs and ankles … Excels in back-side pursuit, as he has the speed to turn the corner … Redirects sharply to the inside and displays fluid lateral agility, forcing and chasing to make the plays near the sidelines … Efficient using his hands to get a strong push off blockers in pass rushing situations … Able to dip his shoulder to generate a surge off the snap, doing a nice job of bending his knees and leveraging blocks … Gets through traffic quickly and shows good lateral agility, as he is a disruptive penetrator who attacks the outside hard with speed … Avoids low blocks well and has the agility to swing around and open his hips to escape the traffic on the way into the backfield … Has the hip snap in his pass drops to get to the zone with ease … Good at positioning his body and keeps his hands active to try and keep blockers off his frame … Slides well laterally and re-directs quickly in the open, shows fluid change of direction in space … Takes good angles in pursuit and is very effective taking angles or slanting to slip past the lethargic blocker in attempts to pressure the pocket … Can really bang and reroute the tight end in pass coverage … Needs to square up better making tackles, but has the hand strength to lock on and drag down perimeter runners … Has the strength and movement skills to jam and reroute tight ends and backs working in the short area … Plays with good balance working down the line and has the range to chase from the backside with a sudden burst … Despite giving up considerable bulk, he has a feel to get through gaps and knife into the backfield … Has enough strength to push the pocket, but lacks the bulk to stack and control against. double teams … Shows good foot technique accelerating to the ball.

Negatives: Needs to add bulk to his frame, as he's still too light to play as an every-down lineman and will be better served moving back to strong-side linebacker at the next level … Has a strong hand punch, but when he swings wildly and gets his hands outside the frame, he gets bounced around when he attempts to stack and shed vs. double teams … More comfortable tackling in space, as he tends to get too high in his stance and narrow his base to effectively wrap and secure working in-line … Needs to play with better control, as his emotions sometimes gets the best of him, resulting in costly penalties … Gets clogged up too much on his inside charge, as his light frame causes blockers to ride him wide … Not the smash-mouth type tackler you'd expect, relying more on angle technique in order to flush out the quarterback (lacks efficient wrap-up technique) … Stopped at times on his inside burst and is more suited to blitz from the outside … Battles a little too high and sometimes stops his feet, rather than driving through when making the tackle … Tends to stay on the ground when leveled, rather than getting up quickly to bounce back into the play … Not as big as one would like and lacks the sudden burst you want from an edge rusher, despite his valid foot speed … Not the most instinctive player, as he is sometimes slow to read the play and can be fooled by play-action (needs to use his lateral range better, as he sometimes runs right into the blocker rather that attempt to avoid).

Compares To: ROBERT MATHIS-Indianapolis … Barnes is very effective pushing the pocket and attacking the quarterback coming off the edge. He is a classic ?tweener who lacks the bulk to face up to the bigger blockers with his hand down on the ground. He has experience as a linebacker, but seemed too hesitant making reads while playing there. Some compare him to the 49ers' Roderick Green, but Barnes plays with much better intensity and has better range in his backside pursuit. Right now, despite an impressive Combine, he is just a situational type of player.

Career Notes

Ranks sixth in school history with 224 tackles, topped by Keyonvis Bouie (299, 2003-06), John Haritan (295, 2002-04), Nick Turnbull (265, 2002-05), Lance Preston (263, 2002-05) and Alexander Bostic III (256, 2003-06) … Holds the school career record with 23 sacks, topping the previous mark of fourteen by Daunte Foster (2002-04) … Also holds the Golden Panthers' all-time record with 57 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, shattering the previous mark of 29 by Foster … Barnes' 11 sacks in 2005 broke Foster's old school single-season record of six, first set in 2002 and matched in 2004 … His 22.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2006 and 15.5 in 2005 rank first and second on FIU's annual record chart, topping the old mark of 15 by Foster in 2002 … Barnes' four sacks vs. Middle Tennessee in 2006 broke his own school single-game record of three sacks vs. Arkansas State in 2005 … His four tackles for losses in the 2006 Middle Tennessee game tied the Golden Panthers' single-game record that was first set by Foster vs. Butler in 2002 and matched by Barnes vs. Bethune-Cookman in 2003.

2006 Season

All-Sun Belt Conference first-team selection … Started every game at strong-side defensive end, helping the team rank 28th nationally in total defense (300.92), fourth in pass defense (147.67 ypg) and lead the Division 1-A ranks with an average of 8.17 tackles for losses per game … Recorded a career-high 69 tackles (42 solos), the third-best total on the team … Had six sacks for minus 51 yards and two quarterback pressures … Ranked third in the nation with an average of 1.88 stops behind the line of scrimmage per game, finishing with 22.5 stops for losses of 87 yards … Recovered a fumble and deflected one pass … Returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown.

2006 Game Analysis

Middle Tennessee … Opened the season with five solo tackles and a school game-record four sacks for minus 26 yards … Made up for jumping offside on a mid first quarter series by sacking QB Clint Marks for a 7-yard loss two plays later … Sacked Marks for minus 8 yards five minutes into the second quarter … Was penalized for roughing the kicker, keeping a third quarter drive alive, but helped end that series when he sacked Marks again for a 6-yard loss … Forced the Blue Raiders to punt early in the fourth quarter, when Barnes sacked QB Joe Craddock for a 5-yard loss on third-&-17 at the MTSU 29 … Head to Head Competition-OT#73-Germayle Franklin.

South Florida … Limited to a season-low two solo tackles … Head to Head Competition-OT#73-Danny Tolley.

Bowling Green … Registered eight solo tackles with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage … Head to Head Competition-OT#73-Kevin Huelsman.

Maryland … Totaled four hits (2 solos) with 2.5 stops for losses, including one that stopped Lance Ball for a 2-yard loss at the MD 42 at the start of the second half … Head to Head Competition-OT#78-Jared Gaither.

Arkansas State … Posted three solo tackles and two stops for minus 7 yards … Was penalized for jumping offside on the game's first series, but leveled Cedric Wilkerson for a 3-yard loss on a third-&-16 screen pass at the start of the second quarter, forcing ASU to punt … Was penalized again for unsportsmanlike conduct after ASU scored on Corey Leonard's second-&-goal 7-yard run late in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#70-Dale Maas.

North Texas … Credited with eight tackles (2 solos), including a 14-yard sack of Woody Wilson midway through the second quarter … With 0:51 left in the third quarter, Barnes intercepted a Wilson pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown … Head to Head Competition-OT#60-Jeremy Brown.

Miami … Had four solo tackles, including one that stopped Javarris James for a 3-yard loss with 4:04 remaining in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OT#64-Jason Fox.

Alabama … Made three tackles with 1.5 stops for losses and killed a late third quarter drive, forcing the Tide to punt after Barnes pressured QB John Paul Wilson into throwing an incomplete pass on third-&-11 … Head to Head Competition-OT#72-Chris Capps.

Louisiana-Monroe … Totaled five tackles (3 solos) with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one that upended Erroll Hogan for a 3-yard loss on a mid first quarter rushing attempt … Head to Head Competition-OT#76-Larry Shappley.

Louisiana-Lafayette … Added a season-high eleven tackles (5 solos) with three stops for minus 7 yards … Took down Tyrell Fenroy for a 2-yard loss on a rushing attempt at the start of the second quarter and did it again at the FIU 17 with 8:19 left in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#72-Brandon Cox.

Florida Atlantic … Matched his season-high with another eleven tackles (6 solos) and added 3.5 stops for losses of 17 yards, including an 11-yard sack of QB Rusty Smith early in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#63-Antes Perkins.

Troy … Closed out his career with five tackles, as he also recovered a fumble by Kenny Cattouse on a second-&-goal run at the FIU 2 with 4:05 remaining in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OT#71-Kirbie Bodiford.

2005 Season

All-Sun Belt Conference first-team choice … Began the season as a reserve outside line-backer, but moved into the starting lineup at strong-side defensive end in the team's third game … Ranked sixth in the nation with an average of one sack per game and ranked second in the conference with an average of 1.41 tackles for losses per game … Set school season-records with eleven sacks for minus 72 yards and 15.5 stops (Barnes since broke that record with 22.5 in 2006) for losses of 87 yards … Recovered a fumble and caused three others … Added two quarterback pressures and blocked two punts that led to FIU touchdowns.

2005 Game Analysis

Kansas State … Blocked a punt that safety Nick Turnbull recovered and advanced 17 yards for a third quarter touchdown, adding five tackles with a 14-yard sack and a forced fumble.

Arkansas State … Registered three sacks for losses of 19 yards and six tackles (3 solos).

Florida A&M … Two of his three solo tackles resulted in sacks and all three hits were behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 16 yards.

North Texas … Collected seven tackles (5 solos), causing a fumble that he recovered after sacking QB Joey Byerly for a 10-yard loss.

Louisiana-Monroe … Made three stops behind the line of scrimmage and four solo tackles.

Louisiana-Lafayette … Totaled five tackles (4 solos) with a stop for a 5-yard loss and a forced fumble.

Middle Tennessee … Blocked a punt and came up with four tackles (2 solos), adding two sacks for minus 10 yards.

2004 Season

Played in ten games, starting vs. Youngstown State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida Atlantic at strong-side outside linebacker … Recorded 53 tackles (30 solos) with three sacks for minus 23 yards and led the team with eight stops for losses totaling 34 yards …

Caused two fumbles and deflected a pair of passes … Intercepted a pass for a 51-yard touchdown return and returned a blocked punt 13 yards.

2004 Game Analysis

Registered a season-high eleven tackles (6 solos) in the season opener at Youngstown State (9/11) with an 8-yard sack, a forced fumble and three stops for losses of 11 yards … Came off the bench vs. McNeese State to make ten tackles and a blocked punt … Had five tackles and a 7-yard sack vs. Florida A&M while also forcing a fumble and running back an interception 51 yards for his first intercollegiate touchdown … Recorded seven stops (5 solos) with an 8-yard sack vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.

2003 Season

Took over strong-side outside linebacker duties as a true freshman, starting all twelve games … Registered 57 tackles (28 solos) with three sacks for minus 18 yards and led the squad with eleven stops for losses of 39 yards … Blocked a kick and deflected two passes.

2003 Game Analysis

Playing vs. nationally-ranked Bethune-Cookman, Barnes recorded six tackles, three of those resulting in losses … Posted a season-high five solo tackles vs. Indiana State … Made eight tackles in the victory over Holy Cross, with two of those for losses, a sack and a forced fumble … Blocked a field goal attempt by Gardner-Webb that helped force the game into overtime.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 1.55 10-yard dash … 2.58 20-yard dash … 35-inch vertical jump … 10'2" broad jump … 4.32 20-yard shuttle … 12.16 60-yard shuttle … 7.29 three-cone drill … Bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times.

High School

Attended Norland (Miami, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Nigel Dunn …

All-State first-team linebacker who was touted by several recruiting services as FIU's best-ever football recruit … Listed on the Miami Herald's Top-20 in the Miami-Dade County area and helped lead Norland to the Class 6A state championship as a senior … During the regular season, he recorded 65 tackles, 30 of those for losses and 13 sacks … In five playoff games, he racked up another 51 tackles, 20 for losses, and 14 sacks, including posting two sacks and recovered a fumble in the state championship game … Earned second-team All-County honors … As a wrestler, Barnes was a two-time district champion, a regional runner-up and a state qualifier.

Personal

Liberal Studies major … Son of Marie Barnes … Born 10/19/84 … Resides in Miami, Florida.

 
 

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