Honors & Awards

  • Inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame (1988)
  • Drafted in the 2nd Round by the Washington Redskins
  • 1965 First-Team All-American (AP, American Coaches Association-TV Guide, Look-Football Writers, Time, Sporting News)
  • 1965 Second-Team All-American (UPI, New York Daily News)
  • 1965 First-Team All-Big 8
  • 1964 First-Team All-Big 8
  • 1988 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Played with both the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos of the NFL

At Nebraska
One of the finest lineman to ever play at Nebraska, Barnes earned consensus All-America honors in 1965. Many coaches and scouts labeled Barnes as “one of the finest football players in the country”. In 1965 Barnes repeated as a All-Big 8 selection and led the Blackshirt lineman with 55 tackles. Barnes was nicknamed “Crazy Horse” and also blocked a punt against Missouri his senior year.

Moved to the No. 1 right tackle spot his junior year after lettering as a sophomore at the center position. Earned All-Big 8 honors as a junior and caught the eyes of professional scouts and All-American nominators. Barnes played both ways at Nebraska, took over the middle guard position against Minnesota in the second game of his junior year and became the rock of the Blackshirts. As a junior he only trailed linebacker Mike Kennedy in defensive statistics, Barnes had 20 unassisted tackles and 29 assisted tackles for a total of 49.

Gained respect from the Husker faithful as a sophomore for his bruising tackles on ball-carries on kickoffs.

Before Nebraska (Chicago St. Mel)
Earned two letters and All-State mention for Coach John Hosinski.

Business Administration Major at Nebraska. Parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barnes.

1964 20 29 49 0 0 0 0
1965 28 27 55 0 1 0 0
Totals 48 56 104 0 1 0 0