The least worry that WVU fans have heading into this season is their defense but there is a linebacker that could add more fuel to this team’s fire. Jared Barber was forced to sit out this past season due to a knee injury but is back season with a purpose and ready to show Mountaineer Nation what he can do.
Before Barber missed last season he was on the cusp of becoming one of the Mountaineers top linebacker along side Nick Kwiatkoski. During the 2013 season Barber started 7 games and was very productive during those starts recording 71 tackles which was good for 11th in the Big 12 conference on a tackles per game scale. Barber was also a force in making plays behind the line of scrimmage with 5 tackles for loss but with all that success was forced out of action with that knee injury against Texas that cost him all of last season as well.
Barber was a top recruit out of Davie High School (NC) after an amazing career that finished with 529 tackles and 18.5 sacks. Barber was recruited to WVU by coach Lonnie Galloway and choose the Mountaineers over instate North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest.
Barber hasn’t only made his presence known on the field but also off the field as he received the Curtis Jones Jr. Achievement Award which is given to a WVU student athlete who demonstrates excellence in al aspects of the college life including community service.
Now with Barber back in fold and expected to step in and replace departing linebacker Wes Tonkery in the Mountaineers 3-3-5 defense, WVU fans will finally get to see Barber’s potential on display which will make the WVU defense even scarier than it currently is.
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