Nick Barnett

Nick Barnett

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fontana, CA

High School:
A.B. Miller

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
Linebacker

Birthdate:
05/27/1981

Experience:
3V

PERSONAL—Born 5/27/81 in Fontana, CA...son of Josephine Barnett...he has two sisters, LaCharla, 33, and Dinde, 23...earned 3.8 GPA in high school...Nick is in the College of Business and is a business administration major...enjoys dancing and bowling...Randy Moss is his favorite athlete...selected OSU because, “I love the fans and how they cheer at home games.”

OSU—(2002—Senior)—Nick enters his senior season coming off a great junior season, a season which he was named honorable mention All-Pacific-10...Nick has started 16 games for Oregon State, including 11 straight at strong linebacker...he has played in all 35 games the past three seasons...he recorded the third highest defensive point total on the squad as a junior with 237 and 10th highest as a sophomore with 150...he has a career total of 410 defensive points heading into the 2002 season...he has 128 career tackles, including 81 solo...he has two sacks and nine tackles for loss...he has caused one fumble, recovered two fumbles, broke up five passes and has five quarterback hurry plays...he has picked off one interception, that against USC last year...Nick has outstanding speed and can cover backs and tight ends on pass coverage...Nick enjoyed a very solid spring and he is primed for a big year in 2002...Nick will certainly be one of the top linebackers, not only in the Pac-10, but in the nation this fall...Nick produced outstanding marks in the weight room during winter conditioning...he posted bests of 475 in the back squat, 385 in the bench press, 336 in the power clean and 353 in the push press...his vertical jump mark was 33.5 inches.

(2001—Junior)—Nick started all 11 games in 2001 and produced the third highest defensive points on the squad with 237...as a result of his outstanding season, Nick earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 honors...Nick finished 15th in the Pac-10 in total tackles with 73...he had 41 solo tackles, two sacks, six tackles for loss, one caused fumble, four passes broken up, five quarterback hurry plays and his first career pass interception during the season...Nick was OSU’s high-point defensive producer in two games...he led the Beavers in defensive points vs. Fresno State with 31 and against California with 52, a game in which he posted 18 tackles, including 11 solo...for the season, Nick started with a team-high 31 points vs. Fresno State, which included eight tackles and three tackles for loss...he had 10 points on six tackles at New Mexico State...he had seven points vs. UCLA with two tackles and a pass broken up...he accounted for 33 points at WSU with eight tackles, plus a sack, tackle for loss and a caused fumble...had 15 points vs. Arizona with three tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry...had six points on two tackles at ASU...had the best game of his career vs. California at Reser Stadium with 52 points, coming on 18 tackles (11 solo) and four quarterback hurries...followed the Cal game with 53 points at USC with 11 tackles (eight solo), a sack and tackle for loss, two passes broken up and his first career interception...it was an interception made in the open field which could have been easily been returned for a touchdown, except Nick had his knee on the ground at the time he intercepted the pass...had nine points vs. Washington on seven tackles...he did not produce any defensive points in limited action against Northern Arizona...had 21 points at Oregon on eight tackles and a pass broken up...Nick entered the 2001 season having played in a total of 24 games, including five starts as a sophomore during the 2000 season…he posted 173 defensive points in his first two years, including 55 tackles (40 solo)…Nick came into his own as a sophomore and was thrust into the starting lineup at weak linebacker in 2000 after James Allen suffered a preseason injury…Nick was installed as the No. 1 strong linebacker at the start of spring drills and he headed into fall camp with a lock on the starting spot…he is a fast linebacker (4.5 in the 40) and has been a solid tackler…plays the game with great instincts…in the winter conditioning program, Nick produced weightlifting bests of 400 pounds in the squat, 365 in the bench press and 297.6 in the power clean.

(2000—Sophomore)—He moved back to linebacker at the start of spring drills after playing strong safety as a freshman...he started the spring as the backup strong linebacker behind Darnell Robinson...a knee injury suffered by Tevita Moala five days into the spring forced some changes at linebacker...Nick moved to backup at weak linebacker behind James Allen, while Richard Seigler switched from weak to No. 1 at middle linebacker with Moala on the sidelines…Nick opened the season as OSU’s starting weak linebacker as James Allen suffered a hip/low back injury on the first day of practice in fall camp that would keep Allen out of action until the fourth game of the season (USC)…Nick took advantage of his opportunity and played very well as Allen’s replacement…Nick did not start against Eastern Washington, but started the next five games at weak linebacker…he played in a backup role to Terrence Carroll, OSU’s normal starting strong safety, in the EWU contest…as a starter, Nick scored in double figures in four of the five games he started…he had eight tackles vs. New Mexico, six vs. San Diego State, five against USC, five vs. Washington and eight vs. Stanford…he recovered two fumbles in the San Diego State game and posted a season and career-high 34 points…James Allen returned to the starting lineup for the UCLA game and Nick was a backup at weak linebacker for the final six games of the season…he finished the season with 150 defensive points, 10th best on the squad…he produced 44 tackles (34 solo), recovered two fumbles, broke up one pass and had one tackle for loss…in the weight room, Nick produced bests of 365 in the back squat, 315 in the bench press and 264 in the power clean.

(1999-Freshman)—Nick reported to fall camp on August 9 listed as a linebacker on the depth chart...during fall camp he moved from linebacker to strong safety and earned a spot on the traveling squad to the season opener at Nevada...he played in all 12 games for the Beavers in 1999 as a true freshman, mostly on special teams, but also a few plays at strong safety...he produced a total of 23 defensive points with six solo tackles and five assisted tackles...he had one solo tackle in the Oahu Bowl against Hawaii.

A. B. MILLER HIGH SCHOOL, Fontana, CA (1997-99)—Nick played for A. B. Miller for two years under Coach John Tyree...as a junior, Nick was a first-team all-league (Citrus Belt) selected at safety and he also played wide receiver...he also was an outstanding performer in track and field as a junior, winning the league 300 meter intermediate hurdle title in 39.6 and placing second in the 110 meter high hurdles at 15.4...he also competed in the discus (130-0) and the shot put (47-5)...as a senior, he played tight end and outside linebacker...he caught 16 passes for 326 yards (20.4 avg.)...the Rebels had a 9-2 record and lost in the first round of the CIF Division I playoffs...Nick missed the final four games of the season with an injury and was named second-team all-league at linebacker...he benched over 300 pounds and 400 pounds in the squat... “He is very strong, has great feet and has outstanding athletic quickness,” said Tyree... “I had six players sign with Division I schools and he is the best player I had,” Tyree said...he had 4.5 speed in the 40...he was also recruited by Iowa State, UNLV and San Jose State.

Nick Barnett's Career Statistics
Year   GP  UT  AT  Total    For Loss/Yds  Sacks  Int
2001   11  41  32   73             6/20     2     1
2000   12  34  10   44             3/4      0     0
1999   12   6   5   11             0/0      0     0
Total  35  81  47   128            9/24     2     1
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