Team’s long snapper on placekicks and punts the last two seasons … Played with a knee injury last season, he hopes to be at full speed and strength in the coming campaign ... Outstanding student who earned a spot on the Academic All-District team last season and advanced to the national ballot for Academic All-America … Has completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology; will begin his master’s work in sports administration this fall ... Has played in 22 games.
2001 (Junior): UK’s long snapper for the second consecutive season ... Sustained a knee injury during the season, but gamely continued to play ... Received his second varsity letter ... Named to the Verizon Academic All-District IV team and advanced to the national ballot for Academic All-America ... Also a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2000 (Sophomore): Handled long-snapping duties for UK’s punters and placekickers … Did a good job and earned his first varsity letter … Named the UK “Walk-on of the Year” by the Johnny Unitas Foundation in Louisville … Also a fine student who earned a nomination for the Verizon Academic All-America team.
1999 (Redshirt Freshman): Gained experience by playing for the UK junior varsity.
1998 (Freshman): Enrolled at UK but did not play football.
High School: Three-year starter as the long snapper for Nelson County (Ky.) HS … Team compiled a three-year record of 36-6, including the Class AAAA state championship his junior year … Picked as the team’s Best Junior Varsity Lineman as a junior … Named the Most Valuable Special Teams Player his sophomore season … Coached by Mark Brown … Three-year letterman in baseball … A first baseman who was named his team’s Best Defensive Player all three seasons … Played one year of varsity basketball … Won the team’s Academic Award in football, basketball, and baseball … Member of the student council, National Honor Society, Pep Club, and Key Club … Named to the academic all-state team and was chosen as his school’s “Most Likely to Succeed.”
Personal: Full name is David Coleman Barnes Jr. … Born 9-22-79 in Louisville … Son of David and Cookie Barnes … Major is kinesiology.
The Cats’ Cause: Participated in the UK Schoolhouse Rock academic pep rally for 3,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students (2002).