MSU Rallies From 17-Point Deficit to Notch Opening-Night Victory Over Demons
Along with Corey Feagin, Barnes is one of just two fourth-year returnees on the defensive line for the Bears this fall ... Will push for starting job at right end ... Had a sack and 4 total tackles in Maroon and White Game (4/26/14).
2013: Contributed in all 12 games, including a start, as a redshirt sophomore with 14 total tackles ... Notched a season-high 4 tackles in season opener against Northwestern State (8/29/13) ... Posted only sack of the season in win at Southern Illinois (11/9/13) ... Earned his first career start in home win over No. 16 South Dakota State (10/19/13), in which he posted a pair of solo tackles ... Also tallied two stops in home win over No. 24 Illinois State (9/28/13) ... Posted one of his two tackles for loss at No. 1 North Dakota State (10/12/13) ... Named to Athletic Director's Honor Roll for fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters ... Posted 3 total tackles in spring Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).
2012: Played in all 11 games as a backup defensive end ... Posted 4 tackles, including 3 solo tackles, and 2 TFLs and a sack in home win over South Dakota (10/13/12) ... Logged 4 total stops at South Dakota State (9/29/12) ... Posted 3 assisted tackles in home win over Western Illinois (10/27/12) ... His 4.5 tackles for loss ranked fifth on the club ... Notched 2 tackles in Maroon and White Game (4/21/12).
2011: Redshirted in 2011 ... Named Defensive Scout Player of Week (9/17/11) vs. Oregon.
High School: Was a Class 3 first-team all-state defensive lineman as a senior in 2010 for coach Leon Hite at Trinity Catholic High in St. Louis ... Helped the Titans to a 6-4 mark his senior year after a 7-3 junior year ... Earned AAA all-conference honors on both sides of the ball and St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro second team honors ... Recorded 40 tackles, 7 sacks, 20 solos and 4 forced fumbles in 2010 ... Was a Class 3 All-State second teamer in 2009, also claiming all-conference honors for a district championship squad with 60 tackles, 11 sacks and 20 solos.
Personal: James Ellis Barnes, Jr., was born 12/31/91 in St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of James Barnes, Sr., and Karen Barnes ... Has four siblings -- Jordan, Jackson, JaVaughn, and D'landol ... Father was a running back at Oklahoma ... Majoring in Facility Management.