Has been one of the Commodores' most valuable members of a defense that again ranks among the NCAA Top 20 in numerous categories and a squad preparing for its second consecutive postseason appearance... Has served as defensive co-captain during senior season... Barnes has started all 13 games as a fifth-year senior at outside linebacker... He ranks fourth on the team with a career-high 66 total tackles, including 35 solo stops, an interception, quarterback sack and forced fumble, two tackles for loss, and five passes defended... Played sensationally against Florida, registering a single-game career high 12 tackles... Also contributed a sack and two tackles for loss in Vanderbilt's victory over Auburn... Opened the season with eight tackles vs. South Carolina and five stops at Northwestern... Contributed six tackles, a quarterback hurry and pass defended in victory at Ole Miss that provided bowl eligibility for the squad... Aided the regular season finale win at Wake Forest with third career interception and two additional passes defended... Contribued six total tackles in team's Music City Bowl victory over North Carolina State.
Barnes enjoyed the best year of his Commodore career, becoming a top defensive performer by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl finale... After starting the year in reserve role, Barnes moved into the starting lineup at outside linebacker after injury to Tristan Strong... Play improved with each start... Saw action in all 13 games, with starting assignment in final nine contests... Finished with career highs in every stat: 37 solo tackles, 59 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, two interceptions, and six passes defended... Shared team lead with three forced fumbles... Produced top outings late in season... Topped the squad in six solo tackles and 10 total tackles in stellar Liberty Bowl outing vs. Cincinnati... Also shared on QB sack and provided a key fourth-quarter FG block vs. Cincinnati... Picked off two passes at Tennessee, including one returned for school-record 100 yards and a touchdown... Finished year as team's fourth leading tackler... Played well in first career start, getting eight total stops at Alabama... Had seven stops at South Carolina and six tackles against Army and Tennessee... Contributed forced fumbles against Wake Forest and Kentucky, and South Carolina... Earned postseason Special Forces Player of the Year Award from coaches for efforts on special teams.
Barnes continued his development as a sophomore outside linebacker... Played in all 12 games, seeing action as LB and special teams contributor... Earned first career start against LSU... Finished season with 11 total tackles, including one resulting in five-yard loss... Posted two solo tackles against Northwestern, LSU and Wake Forest... Also forced fumble in loss to LSU.
As redshirt freshman, Barnes participated in every game... Contributed on various coverage units through midseason... Minutes at linebacker increased after mid-season injury to top reserve Tristan Strong and late-season concussion suffered by All-SEC performer Patrick Benoist... Played substantial minutes in SEC East games against Kentucky and Tennessee... Finished season with 11 solo tackles and 15 total stops... Set season highs in solo tackles (3) and total tackles (5) in loss to Kentucky... Earned team's Specialist of the Week honor after performance against Georgia Tech.
Barnes spent his first year on the Vanderbilt campus as a redshirt, working at several defensive positions on the practice squad.
Two-year captain and versatile starter... As senior, moved to QB with arrival of new coaching staff... Rushed for more than 1,000 yards and passed for 600 yards, earning All-Hillsborough County honors... Also saw action as OLB and free safety as senior... Played safety in postseason Hillsborough County All-Star Game... Started at WR as junior at Berkeley Prep... Standout forward in basketball, and lettered as sprinter/high jumper in track & field... All-European WR and outstanding soccer goalie as sophomore at Alexander Patch American HS in Germany.
Archibald Cornelius Barnes... Son of Russell and Marie Barnes... Born May, 19, 1990 in New York... Dad is a retired U.S. Air Force officer; mom teaches in Tampa public schools... Enrolled at Berkeley Prep after family moved from Germany... Has three brothers: Russell, graduate of Princeton; Tim, graduate at Virginia Tech; and Reggie, recent graduate of Berkeley Prep... Working toward a degree in Communication Studies from the College of Arts and Science.
- Top five Vanderbilt prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. OLB Archibald Barnes...As a child growing up in a military home, Barnes switched schools and ultimately positions often enough that he wasn't an especially highly regarded recruit despite possessing a nice combination of size and athleticism. He was a standout wide receiver when playing wide receiver for Alexander Patch American high school in Germany but saw more time at safety, outside linebacker and quarterback upon transferring to Berkley Prep in Tampa, Florida. As such, when he arrived at Vanderbilt Barnes was a work in progress, seeing most of his time on special teams in 2009-10 after redshirting in 2008. In his first two seasons of action for the Commodores, Barnes had registered a total of 26 tackles, including one tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Pushed into starting duty a season ago due to injuries, Barnes responded nicely. While still rough around the edges, he improved as the season went on, developing into one of the few Commodores' defensive players that opponents had to be wary of. Barnes played in all 13 games (starting the final nine) and registered 59 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a school-record 100 yards for a touchdown against Tyler Bray and Tennesssee. He also blocked a kick versus Cincinnati and enjoyed arguably his best all-around game versus Wake Forest in the Liberty Bowl, registering a team-high 10 tackles. Rangy and athletic, Barnes certainly looks the part of a developmental prospect. The fact that he's flashed explosive hitting ability, as well as intriguing ball skills, could push a team towards taking a flyer on his upside during the 2013 draft's final few rounds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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