Reggie Barlow

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Reggie Barlow
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Alabama State
Conference SWAC
Record 42–37
Biographical details
Born (1973-01-22) January 22, 1973 (age 41)
Montgomery, Alabama
Alma mater Alabama State University
Playing career
Alabama State
Jacksonville Jaguars
Oakland Raiders
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position(s) Wide receiver, return specialist
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Alabama State (QB)
Alabama State
Head coaching record
Overall 42–37
College Football Data Warehouse

Reggie Devon Barlow (born January 22, 1973) is currently the head coach of the Alabama State Hornets football team. He is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played eight years in the league, five for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and two for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he won a World Championship in Super Bowl XXXVII and one offseason on the Oakland Raiders roster. He was used as a secondary wide receiver and punt returner. In 1997, he led the NFL in punt return yards with 555 yards on 43 returns.

College career[edit]

A record-breaking receiver and kick returner, Barlow was recruited to Alabama State University by legendary coach Houston Markham. During his senior year at ASU, Barlow caught 58 passes for 1,267 yards. The Montgomery native and Sidney Lanier High School standout finished his collegiate career with 133 catches and 2,536 yards.

Professional career[edit]

Barlow was selected in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the kickoff to a successful professional career.

In 1998, Barlow led the NFL in punt return yardage, with 43 returns for 555 yards and a touchdown and was named a Pro Bowl alternate. He still ranks among the Jaguars’ career leaders for most punt returns (79), most punt return yards (967), and average per return (12.2), as well as among the all-time single-season leaders in punt return yardage (555 in 1998, tied for 37th best all-time as of 2014[1]). After five years in Jacksonville, Barlow joined the Oakland Raiders. In 2002, Barlow began his two-year tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he would earn a championship ring in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Barlow ended his NFL career with 39 receptions for 522 yards and 1 TD. His largest statistical contributions were made on kickoff/punt returns. Barlow returned 80 career kickoffs for 1,855 yards and 1 TD, and 158 punts for 1,639 yards and 2 TDs.

Coaching career[edit]

Even at the height of his success, the idea of coaching was never far from Barlow’s mind. Throughout his career, he collected tips, ideas and habits of his coaches, going so far as to record them in a notebook.

Barlow joined the Alabama State University football staff as quarterbacks coach in 2005. In his first season, Barlow served as mentor and tutor to future NFL second-round draftee Tarvaris Jackson – currently a quarterback with the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2006, Barlow worked with a trio of quarterbacks without a single snap of college football experience between them. Under Barlow’s tutelage, Alex Engram would earn a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Newcomer of the Week award and finish eighth in the conference in total offense.

After that season, Barlow was named interim head coach. A few weeks later, the interim title was removed.

Barlow took over as head coach in 2007 and has compiled an overall record of 41-37. In 2010, the Hornets went 7-5, claimed their fourth outright SWAC Eastern Divisional title and made their third trip to the league's championship game in eight seasons. In 2011, the Hornets improved to 8-3 winning the Turkey Day Classic over Tuskegee.[2]

Barlow turned down an offer from then-Denver Head Coach Mike Shanahan in 2007 to be an assistant for the Broncos. He repeated this action in 2011 by turning down an offer made by San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

Personal life[edit]

Barlow is the father of three children — Erica, Reggie Jr. and Simone.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Alabama State Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2007–present)
2007 Alabama State 5–6 4–5 3rd (East)
2008 Alabama State 3–8 2–5 3rd (East)
2009 Alabama State 4–7 1–6 T–4th (East)
2010 Alabama State 7–5 6–3 T–1st (East)
2011 Alabama State 8–3 7–2 T–1st (East)
2012 Alabama State 7–4 7–2 T–1st (East)
2013 Alabama State 8–4 7–2 T–2nd (East)
Alabama State: 42–37 34–25
Total: 42–37
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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