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Veteran leader of the Crimson Tide's secondary with 38 career starts at safety Unanimous First-Team All-America (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp, ESPN.com, SI.com, Pro Football Weekly & Rivals.com) Finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award First-team All-SEC (AP & Coaches) Consensus midseason first-team All-American Secondary ranks No. 1 nationally in pass defense (116.3 ypg) & pass efficiency defense (83.9) Defense also ranks No. 1 in scoring defense (8.8 ppg) & total defense (191.3 ypg) Lott Trophy watch list Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week (Penn St.) Returning first-team All-American and All-SEC Has 12 career interceptions that ranks eighth in Alabama history as well as 235 tackles and 34 passes defended Seven-time Alabama Defensive Player of the Week
2011 (SENIOR): Mark Barron bypassed the NFL Draft to return for his senior season ... the leader of the Crimson Tide secondary and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award ... a first-team All-American a season ago, Barron is a unanimous All-America in 2011, earning first-team accolades from the AFCA, Associated Press, FWAA, Walter Camp, Sporting News, ESPN.com, SI.com, Rivals.com and Pro Football Weekly ... first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and league coaches ... started 38 career games and is now in his third season as the Tide's starting safety ... has 66 tackles on the season, including 42 solo stops, 4.0 tackles for loss (-7), one quarterback hurry, five pass break ups and a fumble recovery ... recorded two interceptions for the season -- the 11th and 12th of his career, which ranks tied for eighth in school history ... leader of a defense that ranks No. 1 nationally in total defense (191.3 ypg), scoring defense (8.8 ppg), rushing defense (74.9 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.9) and pass defense (116.3) ... named the Jim Thorpe National Defensive Back of the Week following the Penn State game where he also garnered SEC Defensive Player of the Week accolades ... a seven-time UA Defensive Player of the Week. Kent State: Registered two solo tackles and broke up a pass in reduced action as the Tide went on for a 48-7 victory. Penn State: Logged seven tackles with five solo stops ... intercepted his first pass of the season to thwart a Nittany Lion scoring drive ... earned Jim Thorpe, SEC and UA Defensive Player of the Week honors. North Texas: Recorded seven tackles in a 41-0 shutout of the Mean Green ... had four solo stops ... named a Defensive Player of the Week by UA coaches. Arkansas: Had six tackles with five solo stops as the Tide defense and secondary shutdown the Hogs' high-powered offense, holding them 291 yards below their season average ... also had a pass breakup. Florida: Registered two tackles as the Crimson Tide held the Gators to just 16 yards rushing. Vanderbilt: Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff after recording a team-high six tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards) and two pass breakups. Mississippi: Recorded five solo tackles and a career-best two tackles for loss (-4 yards) ... led a secondary that surrendered just 141 total yards and just 113 passing yards ... also had his first quarterback hurry of the season. Tennessee: Had five solo takles and a pass breakup ... led a defense that limited the Volunteers to 63 passing yards and just 155 total yards. LSU: Made six tackles with half of a tackle for loss ... notched his second interception of the season and returned it inside the five-yard line only to see it brought back to the 35-yard line on a block in the back. Mississippi State: Equaled his career high with 11 tackles -- five solo stops ... earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play ... made several impressive open field tackles while limiting MSU to just 131 yards of total offense. Georgia Southern: Led the team with eight tackles in a 45-21 victory over the Eagles rarely seen and difficult to defend triple-option offense ... garnered Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors. Auburn: Started but an injury limited him to situational duty as the game progressed ... made one solo tackle and helped limit the Tigers to just 140 total yards and just 44 yards through three quarters.
2010 (JUNIOR): Barron led a talented but young secondary that matured under his tutelage each week ... a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award and a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy ... a first-team FWAA All-American ... first-team All-SEC by the league coaches and the Associated Press (AP) ... the Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week following the Florida game ... made 12 starts at safety in 2010 ... led the team in tackles with 75 tackles ... had three interceptions on the season and 10 for his career ... had six pass breakups and two quarterback hurries ... also had two sacks from his position at strong safety and tied for the team lead with a forced fumble ... a six-time Defensive Player of the Week by the coaching staff ... missed the Capital One Bowl after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the second quarter of the Auburn game. San Jose State: Made three tackles with a solo stop as the Tide held the Spartans to just 175 yards of total offense ... selected as a Defensive Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff. Penn State: Was a force in the Crimson Tide secondary with six tackles -- four solos -- while registering his first interception of the season and breaking up a pass ... also forced a fumble ... his play earned him Defensive Player of the Week accolades from the coaching staff. Duke: Totaled three tackles in limited action in a blow-out win at Duke. Arkansas: Helped rally a young secondary in the second half against the Razorbacks as the Tide defense limited Arkansas to just 127 yards after the break ... made eight tackles in the comeback win over the Hogs, including seven solo stops ... earned player of the week honors from the coaching staff for his efforts ... recorded his first sack of the season on a blitz in the second half and broke up a pass. Florida: Turned in one of the best performances of his career with 11 tackles, a sack and two pass breakups as the Crimson Tide held the Gators to six points and kept UF out of the end zone for the first time since its prior visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2005 ... allowed just 79 yards rushing and 202 yards passing while the defense forced four turnovers. South Carolina: Led the team with nine tackles -- all solos -- in the Tide's first regular-season loss since 2007. Mississippi: Earned UA Defensive Player of the Week honors for his effort against the Rebels ... tied for the team lead with seven tackles, including five solos ... had one tackle for loss (-4 yards) ... made his second interception of the season and registered one quarterback hurry in a 23-10 win. Tennessee: Had five total tackles with a season-best two pass breakups ... logged four solo tackles as the Tide held Tennessee to 156 passing yards. LSU: Registered seven total tackles with five solo stops. Mississippi State: Matched his season and career high with 11 tackles ... had four solo stops and helped limit the Bulldogs to 150 passing yards and 299 total yards. Georgia State: Started but saw limited action in the 63-7 win over the Panthers ... made one solo tackle and made his third pass interception of the season. Auburn: Was injured in the second quarter but finished the game ... made four solo tackles. Michigan State: Missed the Capital One Bowl following surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the second quarter of the Auburn game.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Barron stepped into the starting role at strong safety for the Crimson Tide and turned in an outstanding season ... a first-team All-SEC selection and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press ... started all 14 games of his sophomore season and ranked eighth nationally and first in the SEC with seven interceptions (.50 per game) ... ranked second on the team in tackles with 76 ... recorded 3.5 (-18) tackles for loss and half of a sack ... led the SEC -- along with teammate Marquis Johnson -- in passes defended with 18 (1.29 pg) and ranked sixth nationally ... had 11 pass breakups to rank third on the team ... 125 interception return yards tied for the fifth most in a single season in school history. Virginia Tech: Earned his first career start at strong safety ... helped hold the No. 7-ranked Hokies to only 155 total yards of offense ... tallied two tackles. Florida International: Recorded a six tackles and made his first interception in an Alabama uniform ... returned the pick for 17 yards ... helped hold the Panthers to just one yard rushing. North Texas: Was named the Tide's defensive player of the week for his play in the secondary ... tallied three tackles, all of which were solo ... also recorded a career-best two pass breakups. Arkansas: Helped shut down the passing attack of QB Ryan Mallett by holding the SEC yards per game leader to just 34 percent passing and 160 yards ... opened SEC play with a then career-best seven tackles ... added two pass breakups. Kentucky: Tallied a career-best eight tackles, six of which were solos ... also recorded an interception with a return of six yards. Mississippi: Registered three solo tackles and one assist against the Rebels ... logged a tackle for loss (-5) as the Crimson Tide limited UM to 57 yards rushing and 197 total yards ... broke up two passes ... on special teams recorded his first career pass reception on a fake punt ... hauled in a pass from punter P.J. Fitzgerald and turned it up field for a seven-yard gain and an Alabama first down. South Carolina: Tied a season high with eight tackles and recorded his third interception of the season ... the pick of Stephen Garcia was on the second play of the game and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown to give Alabama all the points it would need in a 20-6 win. Tennessee: He intercepted his SEC-best fourth pass of the season and returned it eight yards ... made eight total tackles with five solo stops ... it was the third time in four games Barron had recorded at least eight tackles. LSU: Was second on the team in tackles with seven, making three solo stops ... his play against the run helped limit the Tigers to 95 yards rushing ... also added a quarterback hurry. Mississippi State: Caused havoc for the Bulldogs in the passing game with two interceptions and two more broken-up passes ... made five total tackles with three solo stops ... helped the UA secondary limit MSU to just 99 yards passing and 213 total yards. Chattanooga: Registered just one solo tackle, but also hurried the quarterback on two plays and broke up one pass as the limited the Mocs to just 36 yards passing and 48 yards on the ground. Auburn: Picked off his seventh pass of the season to set up an Alabama score in the second half ... made two tackles with a solo stop ... helped limited the Tigers' offense to 112 yards under their season average. Florida: Led the Crimson Tide with seven tackles as the Gators managed just 88 yards rushing ... also had a quarterback hurry, his fourth of the season. Texas: Recorded six total tackles -- five solos --with a tackle for loss (-1 yard) in the Tide's 37-21 win over the Longhorns to capture UA's 13th national championship ... added his 11th pass breakup of the season as the Crimson Tide surrendered just 276 yards of total offense and 195 yards through the air.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Barron started on the kickoff coverage unit and was a reserve defensive back for the Crimson Tide as a true freshman in 2008 ... played in all 14 games ... had 18 tackles - nine solos - and 1.5 (-11) sacks ... tied for third on the team with 11 special teams tackles, all coming on the kickoff coverage unit ... named Alabama's Special Teams Player of the Week following the Auburn game. Clemson: Barron made three tackles, including two solo stops, in playing time on both special teams and as a reserve safety. Tulane: He played valuable minutes in the second half after the loss of Javier Arenas to injury ... made three total tackles, including two solo stops. Western Kentucky: Barron saw playing time both on the kickoff coverage team and as a strong safety on defense but did not make any tackles. Arkansas: He made four tackles off the bench with 1.5 sacks (-11) and one solo tackle. Georgia: Barron made one solo tackle on special teams against the No. 3 Bulldogs in Alabama's 41-30 win. Kentucky: He played but did not have any statistics. Mississippi: Barron logged one assisted tackle on kickoff coverage against the Rebels. Tennessee: He played on special teams, but did not have any tackles. Arkansas State: Barron had one solo tackle in the fourth quarter from his strong safety position. LSU: He played on special teams for the Tide but did not have any tackles. Mississippi State: Barron came off the bench to record extended playing time at safety while also starting on the kickoff return team. Auburn: He recorded two tackles on kickoff coverage, including one solo stop ... was his ninth and 10th special teams tackles of the season ... earned the special teams player of the week honors for his play against the Tigers. Florida: Barron saw action on the kickoff coverage team in the SEC Championship Game. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He made one solo tackle on kickoff coverage and also saw quality playing time in the defensive secondary.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Barron was regarded as one of the nation's top all-around players ... a first-team Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State selection in Class 5A as a senior ... SuperPrep's No. 8 player in the state of Alabama ... named to The Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register's Elite 18 (No. 3) ... the No. 19 player on the Press-Register's Southeast Super 120 ... earned a five-star rating from Scout.com and was listed as the state's No. 8 player ... also a Scout.com first-team All-American ... a Rivals.com four-star defensive back ... SuperPrep/Scout.com Top 100 selection (No. 46) ... rated the No. 5 player on the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals and the No. 55 player overall nationally ... Rivals.com Top 100 selection (No. 55) ... No. 18 player on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... was the MVP of the 2007 Class 5A state championship game after rushing for 1,094 yards on 122 carries with 15 touchdowns in his senior season ... the 76th-rated player in the country by Sports Illustrated/Takkle.com ... rated the No. 33 wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep ... also listed on The Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team ... named to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... had 785 yards rushing as a junior on 78 carries and added 368 receiving yards on 23 catches, scoring a total of 12 touchdowns.