Four-year letterman ... appeared in 22 contests along the offensive line, making 16 starts.
Started 13 games at left guard.
Sugar Bowl champion ... earned third varsity letter ... played in four games at left guard; started three games (Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, San Diego State).
Earned second varsity letter ... appeared in three contests ... made season debut as a reserve at left guard and special teams vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25) ... substituted in at left tackle against Ohio State (Nov. 27) ... entered the game at right guard vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 1) in the Gator Bowl.
Earned first varsity letter ... appeared in two games ... made career debut as a reserve at left guard vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... played left tackle against Delaware State (Oct. 17), his first appearance at the position.
Did not see game action ... Redshirted.
Attended Lake Gibson High School (2008) coached by Keith Demyer ... three-year varsity letterman in football ... Key Statistics... recorded over 75 pancake blocks as an offensive tackle ... Honors and Rankings... four-star prospect and the nation's fifth-best center according to Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 37 player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com ... PrepStar Magazine All-Southeast Region ... rated as the 148th-best player nationally on the ESPN 150 rankings ... fourth-rated offensive guard prospect by Scouts, Inc. ... participated in the Under Armour All-American game ... first-team All-Polk County selection as a senior ... Class 5A first-team all-state honoree senior year ... second-team Class 5A all-state as a junior.
Ricky Lovell Barnum Jr. was born on June 25, 1989 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in Afro-American and African studies.
- 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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