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Joe Barksdale
No. 68     St. Louis Rams
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-04) January 4, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
High School: Detroit (MI) Cass
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92
Debuted in 2011 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
*Oakland Raiders ( 2011 2012)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games played     22
Games started     2
Fumbles recovered     0

Joseph Brennen Barksdale (born January 4, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. Barksdale was regarded as one of the better offensive tackle prospects of his class.[1]

Early yearsEdit

Barksdale attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan, where he was a two-way lineman for coach Thomas Wilcher. He recorded 73 tackles (17 for losses), 14 hurries, seven quarterback sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles as a senior, and received High School All-American honors by Parade and USA Today.[2] He also participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a member of the East team.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Barksdale was listed as the No. 6 defensive tackle prospect in the nation.[3] He chose LSU over Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State, becoming the first state of Michigan signee in LSU history.

College careerEdit

Barksdale graduated early from high school and enrolled at LSU in January 2007. Although recruited as a defensive tackle, he was switched to the offensive side of the ball during fall camp. As a true freshman in 2007 he played 14 games as a backup to Carnell Stewart at right tackle.

Following Stewart's graduation, Barksdale took over as right tackle and started all 13 games for the Tigers. He helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for an LSU rushing attack that ranked No. 4 in the SEC with 166.7 yards per game. Barksdale and left tackle Ciron Black were regarded as "the best duo of tackles in SEC."[4]

Professional careerEdit

Oakland RaidersEdit

Barksdale was selected with the 92nd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders released Barksdale on September 26, 2012.

St. Louis RamsEdit

The Rams signed Barksdale on September 27, 2012.

On October, 21, 2012, Joe Barksdale made his first NFL start at left tackle against the Green Bay Packers. [5]

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