Kenjon Barner

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Kenjon Barner
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Barner in 2015
No. 24 Los Angeles Chargers
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-04-28) April 28, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth: Lynwood, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Riverside (CA) Notre Dame
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 182
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Rushing attempts: 61
Rushing yards: 260
Rushing average: 4.4
Total touchdowns: 2
Receptions: 16
Receiving yards: 71
Player stats at

Kenjon Barner (born April 28, 1989) is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Oregon and received All-American honors. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Barner has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles.

High school career[edit]

Barner attended Notre Dame High School in Riverside, California, where he played for the Notre Dame Titans high school football team.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Barner was listed as the No. 38 running back in the nation in 2008.[1]

College career[edit]

Barner at Oregon in 2010.

A native of Southern California, Barner chose to attend the University of Oregon and play for head coach Chip Kelly's Oregon Ducks football team. He was ranked by Rivals as the 38th best running back prospect in the country, as well as the 86th overall prospect from the state of California[2] Barner chose UO over scholarship offers from Arizona State and UTEP.

Barner is the first Oregon Duck since 1965 who has scored touchdowns rushing, receiving, and from punt and kickoff returns.[3][3] He suffered a career-threatening concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit in 2010.[3]

Barner was considered one of the top running back prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft before announcing he would return to Oregon,[4] where he succeeded LaMichael James as the team's main running back. He was named a top contender for the 2012 Heisman Trophy,[5] eventually won by freshman sensation Johnny Manziel.

In November 2012, Barner set a rushing record for Oregon and for USC Trojans football opponents, with 321 rushing yards; he also scored five touchdowns in the game.[6][7]

The Ducks won the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Following his senior season, Barner was named to the AP All-American second team[8] and the All-Pac-12 Conference First Team.[9]

Barner joined the track team following the completion of football's spring drills and competed in two meets at 100 meters and on the 4 × 100 meter relay. He ran the third-leg on Oregon's fourth place 4 × 100 meter relay team at the Pac-10 Championships, where Oregon won its fourth-straight league title with a season-best time of 40.36 seconds.[10] At the 2010 Pac-10 Conference Championships, he ran a career-best time of 10.71 seconds in the 100 meters, finishing 14th in the prelims.[11] He placed 3rd in the 200 meters at the 2011 Oregon Relays, with a time of 22.29 seconds. He also placed 3rd in the 60 meters at the 2011 Washington Husky Invitational, at 7.09 seconds.

Football statistics[edit]

Regular season and postseason

Kenjon Barner's UO Rushing Stats
Season Games Att Yards TD Long AVG/C AVG/G
2009 13 61 366 3 48 6 28.2
2010 11 91 551 6 41 6.1 50.1
2011 12 152 939 11 84 6.2 78.2
2012 13 278 1767 21 80 6.4 135.9
Total 49 582 3623 41 84 6.2 73.9

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 197 lb 4.39 s 1.58 s 2.59 s 4.14 s 6.87 s 35.5 in 10 ft 2 in 20 reps
All values from Oregon Pro Day.[12]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On April 27, 2013, Barner was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, Barner played a limited role on special teams. He had six carries for seven yards and two catches for seven yards.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On August 19, 2014, Barner was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional seventh round pick in 2015.[13] The trade reunited Barner with his former head coach at University of Oregon, Chip Kelly. He was released on August 30, 2014. On November 4, 2014, he was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad.

During the 2015 preseason, Barner attempted to make the roster behind 3 former NFL starters, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles. Looking to make an impact in the return game, Barner found near immediate success. In the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts he returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown to end the second quarter.[14] In the second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, he returned another punt for a 68-yard touchdown.[15]

Barner played in 13 games in 2016, rushing 27 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns and recorded five receptions for 42 yards while contributing on special teams as a returner. He was placed on injured reserve on December 20, 2016.[16]

Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

On March 20, 2017, Barner signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Team Season G Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Fum Att Yds Avg TD Lng Fum
Carolina Panthers 2013 8 2 7 3.5 0 5 0 6 7 1.2 0 2 0
Philadelphia Eagles 2015 10 9 22 2.4 0 12 0 28 124 4.4 0 19 1
Philadelphia Eagles 2016 13 5 42 8.4 0 15 0 27 129 4.8 2 19 0
NFL career statistics 2013-2016 31 16 71 4.4 0 15 0 61 260 4.3 2 19 1

Personal life[edit]

Barner was born in Lynwood, California to parents Gary and Wilhelmenia Barner. He has five older brothers and one older sister. He graduated with a degree in criminology in spring 2012.[3]

While attending the University of Oregon, he was given an honorary membership to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.


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