Barner in 2015
|No. 24 Los Angeles Chargers|
|Date of birth:||April 28, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Lynwood, California|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Riverside (CA) Notre Dame|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 182|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
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
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 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. He suffered a career-threatening concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit in 2010.
Barner was considered one of the top running back prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft before announcing he would return to Oregon, where he succeeded LaMichael James as the team's main running back. He was named a top contender for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, eventually won by freshman sensation Johnny Manziel.
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. 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. 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.
Regular season and postseason
|Kenjon Barner's UO Rushing Stats|
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||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.|
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.
On August 19, 2014, Barner was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional seventh round pick in 2015. 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. In the second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, he returned another punt for a 68-yard touchdown.
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.
Los Angeles Chargers
|NFL career statistics||2013-2016||31||16||71||4.4||0||15||0||61||260||4.3||2||19||1|
While attending the University of Oregon, he was given an honorary membership to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
- Kenjon Barner Recruiting Profile
- Kenjon Barner Rivals profile
- Bishop, Greg (October 26, 2012). "A Duck's Odd Path to Prestige". New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
- Miller, Ted (January 14, 2012). "Kenjon Barner returning to Oregon". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
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- "Kenjon Barner, No. 2 Oregon beat No. 18 USC 62-51 (Top 25)". AL.com. Associated Press. November 3, 2012.
- ESPN statistics Barner, Kenjon
- AP All-American team 2012 Archived 2013-05-20 on Wayback Machine.
- Pac-12 Football Awards Announced
- Brinson, Will. "Panthers trade former Oregon RB Kenjon Barner to Eagles". CBSSports. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- "Eagles Activate RT Lane Johnson From Suspended List, Place RB Kenjon Barner On I.R.". December 21, 2016.
- Henne, Ricky (March 20, 2017). "Chargers Sign Speedy RB Kenjon Barner". Chargers.com.