Freddie Barnes
No. 23     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-06) December 6, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Bowling Green
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2011 for the Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Recallable reassignment
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
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Freddie Lee Barnes (born December 6, 1986) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Bowling Green.

During 2009, including the Humanitarian Bowl, Barnes accumulated an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record 155 receptions for 1,770 yards, 19 receiving touchdowns, as well as two rushing touchdowns. The 155-reception total not only surpassed the Division I record, but also an NCAA All-division record.[1] He also broke Randy Moss' single-season Mid-American Conference yardage record. In addition, he established several Bowling Green Falcons football records during the season. During his senior season, in established numerous receiving records, was named a 2009 College Football All-American and was one of three 2009 Fred Biletnikoff Award finalists. Previously, he had been a multisport athlete at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Early years

Barnes attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois, where he earned three letters for the Vikings playing quarterback. He served as team captain and was named team MVP, as well as All-Area and All-Conference in 2004. Barnes also lettered in basketball, where he was a teammate of Julian Wright.

Considered only a two-star recruit by, Barnes was not ranked among the nation's elite quarterback prospects in 2005.[2] He chose Bowling Green over Eastern Michigan and Indiana.

College career

File:20091112 Freddie Barnes huddling.jpg

Barnes huddling with teammates and coach

Barnes' freshman season he caught 20 passes for 203 yards, two touchdowns, and rushed for 405 yards and 9 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he caught 82 passes for 962 yards and 9 touchdowns, and was selected for All-Mid-American Conference third team honors.[3] He caught 41 passes for 364 yards, but no touchdowns as a Junior in 2008.[4]

During his senior year in 2009 he accumulated 16 touchdown catches and a league leading 138 receptions. He is third in reception yards with 1,551, and among his season's highlights was a school-record 22-catch effort (one short of an NCAA single-game record) for 278 yards, including three touchdowns, in a 36-35 victory over Kent State.[5] Barnes was four receptions away from matching the NCAA single-season record as Bowling Green awaited its bowl game against the Idaho Vandals.[3] In his final game at Bowling Green against the Idaho Vandals in the Humanitarian Bowl, Barnes had 17 receptions for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns[6] including a go-ahead score with 32 seconds left in the game. It turned out to be enough time for the Vandals to answer on their final drive, and they converted a two point conversion for the win.[7] Barnes established both new Football Bowl Subdivision and All Division single-season reception records by surpassing Manny Hazard and Nick Smart, respectively.[8] On the season, Barnes' 1770 yards surpassed Randy Moss MAC single-season total.[9] Barnes also surpassed several school records such as single-season touchdown receptions and career receptions.[9] Barnes' yardage total and yards per game were second to Danario Alexander among FBS receivers for 2009.[10][11]

Barnes was chosen as one of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award.[12] Notre Dame's Golden Tate won the award. Barnes was also discussed as a dark horse candidate for the 2009 Heisman Trophy, despite being on a non-BCS team and not being a quarterback, based on thirty more catches than any other receiver and being close to the top in touchdowns.[13] Barnes was named to the All-Mid-American Conference first team on December 2, 2009,[3] and on December 12, he was named a 2009 All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.[14]

College awards and honors

National Collegiate Athletic Association record
  • Single-season receptions (155, 2009–) (both Division I and All Divisions)
Mid-American Conference record
  • Single-season receiving yards (1770, 2009–)
Bowling Green record
  • Career receptions (298, 2009–)
  • Single-season touchdown receptions (19, 2009–)
  • Single-game receptions (22, 2009–)
  • Single-game receiving yards (278, 2009–)

Professional career

2010 NFL Draft

Wes Bunting of National Football Post opined that Barnes may lack the speed to be an elite NFL receiver, but stated that "he certainly has the talent to fill out an NFL receiving corps."[15] At the 2010 East-West Shrine Game practice, Barnes "impressed scouts with the ability to consistently separate from defensive backs and find the openings in the coverage," according to Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline.[16]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in 215 lb 4.67 s 4.55 s 7.16 s 30½ in 8 ft 11 in 12 rep

Chicago Bears

Barnes signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears on April 24, 2010. He was waived on September 3,[18] and was re-signed to the team's practice squad on November 2.[19]

Chicago Rush

Barnes was also a member of the Arena Football Team Chicago Rush, having signed a contract on October 8, 2010.[20] He was on a league exemption during his stint with the Chicago Bears after being signed to the practice squad on November 2, 2010.[21] He then returned to the Rush on December 15, 2010 after being released by the Bears.[22]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Barnes was signed to the practice roster of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on August 9, 2011.[23] He appeared in one regular season game in 2011, but was released on January 31, 2012.[24]


His hometown is Chicago Heights, Illinois. His mother, Clarissa Charles, who had him at age 14, dropped out of high school, but later earned her high school equivalency degree, then her college degree.[25]


  1. "Freddie Barnes Stats, News, Photos",,, retrieved January 5, 2010
  2. "Freddie Barnes Recruiting Profile",,, retrieved November 29, 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Silka, Zack (December 3, 2009), "Rockets' Church makes history", Toledo Blade,
  4. Player profile ESPN
  5. "MAC Announces Football Players of the Week". Mid-American Conference. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  6. Bowling Green 42, Idaho 43 Box Score ESPN
  7. Idaho rallies in final seconds to beat Bowling Green ESPN Game Recap
  8. "Bowling Green's Barnes sets record". ESPN. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Mid-American Conference 2009 Football Record Book". Mid-American Conference. pp. 168–69. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  10. "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report Receiving Yards Per Game". Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  11. "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report Total Receiving Yards". Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  12. Hansen, Eric (November 23, 2009), "Notre Dame Football: Tate makes Biletnikoff Award cut", South Bend Tribune,
  13. Chen, Howard (November 11, 2009), "Freddie Barnes for Heisman: BG wideout mentioned nationally as dark horse", Fox Toledo,
  14. "FWAA names 2009 All-America Team", FWAA, December 12, 2009,
  15. Bunting, Wes (December 30, 2009), "Wednesday bowl primer", National Football Post,
  16. Pauline, Tony (January 22, 2010), "2010 NFL Draft prospects at East West Shrine Game", Sports Illustrated,
  17. Brandt, Gil (March 23, 2010), "Lions, Bengals come to see Bowling Green’s Barnes",,
  18. "Chicago Bears Transactions - 2010". Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  19. Biggs, Brad (2010-11-01). "Bears sign WR Freddie Barnes to practice squad". Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  20. Rush Inks NCAA Record Holder Freddie Barnes
  22. Rush Receiving Corps Gets Twin Boost
  23. Riders add two to Practice Roster
  24. Riders add pair of receivers, release two others
  25. Lopresti, Mike (November 18, 2009), "Receiver comes of age; so does his mother", USA Today,

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Preceded by
Manny Hazard
Division I FBS single-season receptions

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nick Smart
NCAA single-season receptions

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Randy Moss
Mid-American Conference single-season receiving yards

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