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Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes

2007 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor Inductee

He was a standout offensive guard who combined size and exceptional speed on the gridiron for the Razorbacks from 1966-68. After overcoming a bout with polio as a child, Barnes’ grit and determination transformed him into one of the most effective blockers in Razorback football history. The three-year letterman was a member of UA’s All-Decade team for the 1960s. His blocking cleared the way for some of the most potent offensive players in Razorback history, including quarterback Bill Montgomery and running back Bill Burnett. In 1968, Barnes earned first-team Associated Press All-America and first-team All-Southwest Conference honors after captaining the Razorbacks to a 10-1 season and a share of the SWC Championship. The Pine Bluff native started his career on defense as a linebacker before moving to the offensive side of the ball. His versatility allowed him to be utilized not only at guard, but also at tight end in the Razorbacks’ offense.

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