Kenjon Barner

 

Kenjon Fa’terrel Barner (born April 28, 1990) is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Oregon and received All-American honors. He was drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Barner has also played for the Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. Barner attended Notre Dame High School in Riverside, California, where he played for the Notre Dame Titans high school football team. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Barner was listed as the No. 38 running back in the nation in 2008. A native of Southern California, Barner chose to attend the University of Oregon and play for head coach Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks football team. He was ranked by Rivals as the 38th best running back prospect in the country, as well as the 86th overall prospect from the state of California Barner chose Oregon over scholarship offers from Arizona State and UTEP. Barner is the first Oregon Duck since 1965 who has scored touchdowns rushing, receiving, and from punt and kickoff returns. In the 2009 season, Barner had 61 carries for 366 yards and three rushing touchdowns to go along with 41 kick returns for 1,020 net yards and a 100-yard kick return touchdown, which came against the UCLA Bruins. In the 2010 season, Barner’s role on the offense expanded. In the season opener against New Mexico, he had 17 carries for 147 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with a 60-yard touchdown reception. In the next game, a victory over Tennessee, he had a punt return touchdown. He suffered a career-threatening concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit against Washington State on October 9. In the annual rivalry game against Oregon State, he had 15 carries for 133 rushing yards and a touchdown. Overall, he had 551 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, 121 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, 13 kick returns, 236 net kick return yards, 10 punt returns, 132 net punt return yards, and a punt return touchdown in the 2010 season. In the 2011 season, Barner was the second leading rusher in the Ducks’ backfield. On September 24, against Arizona, he had 72 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and two receptions for six yards and a receiving touchdown. On October 15, against Arizona State, he had 31 carries for 171 rushing yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with 115 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a victory over Colorado. On November 19, against Southern California, he had 123 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Overall, in the 2011 season, he had 939 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 17 receptions, 184 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns.
Barner was considered one of the top running back prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft before announcing he would return to Oregon, where he succeeded LaMichael James as the team’s main running back. He was named a top contender for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, eventually won by freshman sensation Johnny Manziel. In the season opener against Arkansas State, Barner had 66 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. In the second game, he had 201 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a victory over Fresno State. On September 29, against Washington State, he had 195 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns to go along with three receptions for 37 yards and a receiving touchdown. On October 18, against Arizona State, he had 143 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. On November 3, he set a rushing record for Oregon and for USC Trojans football opponents, with 321 rushing yards; he also scored five touchdowns in the game. In the final game of the regular season, he had 198 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a victory over Oregon State. The Ducks won the 2013 Fiesta Bowl over Kansas State with Barner having 143 rushing yards and a 24-yard touchdown reception. Following his senior season, Barner was named to the AP All-American second team and the All-Pac-12 Conference First Team. He finished in ninth place in the 2012 Heisman Trophy voting. Barner joined the track team following the completion of football’s spring drills and competed in two meets at 100 meters and on the 4 × 100 meter relay. He ran the third-leg on Oregon’s fourth place 4 × 100 meter relay team at the Pac-10 Championships, where Oregon won its fourth-straight league title with a season-best time of 40.36 seconds. At the 2010 Pac-10 Conference Championships, he ran a career-best time of 10.71 seconds in the 100 meters, finishing 14th in the prelims. He placed 3rd in the 200 meters at the 2011 Oregon Relays, with a time of 22.29 seconds. He also placed 3rd in the 60 meters at the 2011 Washington Husky Invitational, at 7.09 seconds.

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