On Barnard: An All-America and Ray Guy Award candidate who enters his senior season as Maryland’s leader in career (43.9), single-season (44.7 in 2000) and single-game (53.8 vs. Temple, 2000) punting averages … the nation’s fourth-leading returning punter from 2001 after posting a 44.5-yard average … had a net punting average of 40.4 yards per game, fourth-best in the nation … a first team all-conference pick and a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award last year … tall, lean, athletic specialist who owns six of the top 12 single-game punting efforts in Maryland history … has games where he can find the “zone” and play a major role in the game’s outcome from a field position standpoint … has opened each of the last two seasons with huge outings (53.8 average against Temple in 2000 and 50.4 average against UNC in ’01) … has started all but one game the past three seasons … could also compete for kickoff duties this season … serves as the Terps’ holder … came up big in that capacity a year ago in the Georgia Tech game, snaring an errant snap on Nick Novak’s game-tying 46-yarder … set the all-time record for clean and jerk by a kicker at Maryland (281) and ran 4.65 in the 40-yard dash in spring testing … local product who originally went to Oklahoma to pursue a degree in meteorology.
2001 (Junior): Starting punter in all 11 games plus the Orange Bowl … a Ray Guy Award semifinalist … first team All-ACC and an ACC All-Academic team selection … second team All-America by the Football News … ranked seventh in the NCAA in punting (44.5) ... net punting average ranked fourth in the NCAA ... had 17 punts downed inside the 20 ... (vs. NCSU) punted four times for an average of 43 yards per kick ... boomed one punt over 50 yards (52) and also had one punt inside the 20 ... (vs. CU) had another solid outing, punting four times for an average of 43.5 yards per punt including three kicks inside the Clemson 20 ... boomed a 47-yard punt on his first kick of the game to pin Clemson on its own five-yard line ... kicked a 51-yarder on his second attempt ... (vs. FSU) punted six times for an impressive 47.3 average ... boomed one punt over 50 yards (53) and also pinned the Seminoles on the three-yard line in the first half ... (vs. Duke) kicked just one punt for 43 yards ... punt came on the last play of the game ... if Barnard did not punt, it would have been only the second time in school history that Maryland did not punt in a game ... (vs. GT) punted seven times for an average of 44.7 yards per kick ... saved the game with his excellent placement of a high snap on the game-tying field goal that forced overtime ... (vs. WVU) totaled 10 punts for an average of 44.6 yards per punt ... had two punts inside the 20 and three punts over 50 yards ... (vs. WFU) boomed a season-best 59-yard kick ... (vs. UNC) punted eight times for 50.4 yards ... named ACC Specialist of the Week ... following his first punt (27 yards) of the day, he ran off seven straight punts over 50 yards ... downed six balls inside the 20 and two of those inside the 10 ... had a net average of 46.1 in the game.
2000: An 11-game starter who finished fourth nationally with a school-record average of 44.7 yards per punt … his season average broke the previous school standard of 43.8 set by Scott Milanovich in 1993 … earned honorable mention All-America honors from Football News … also named honorable mention All-ACC … finished second in the league in punting … recorded a total of 13 punts of at least 50 yards, including a career-long of 85 yards vs. Temple, which was three yards shy of the school record … also had punts of 71, 67 (twice), 66, 63 and 61 yards … had eight punts downed inside the 20-yard line … punted six times for a school-record 53.8-yard average in the opener vs. Temple, besting the previous single-game best of 52.7 yards per punt set in 1993 by Milanovich vs. NC State … punted five times for a 51.0-yard average vs. Virginia and four times for a 49.8 yard average vs. Clemson.
1999: Played in eight games, starting seven … third-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News … ranked 34th nationally with 42.1 yards per punt … had the Terps' best punting average since 1993, third-best overall and best ever by a freshman … after taking over as Maryland's full-time punter against Wake Forest, team rose 41 positions in NCAA net punting statistics (103rd to 62nd) … following an eight-yarder in his second punt at Wake, he boasted 39 punts the rest of the year for 1,687 yards and a 43.3-yard average … 48.8 and 45.0-yard averages vs. Duke and Florida State were among top 10 single-game efforts in Maryland history … 10 punts downed inside the 20-yard line … 11 punts of 50 yards or better … entered fall camp as a walk-on, finished camp listed No. 2 on the depth chart … first action came at Georgia Tech; was named the No. 1 punter the following week.
College: Attended Oklahoma for one semester in fall 1998 before transferring to Maryland.
High School: Graduated from Broadneck High School in 1998 … four-year letterwinner while helping team to 24-16 record in four seasons, 16-5 as a junior and senior … holds all school records for kicking and punting … averaged 42.4 yards per punt as a senior … made good on 96 of 99 PATs in his prep career … 18 career field goals … four-year all-county selection … all-state as a junior and senior … active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Brooks Alexander Barnard … born Nov. 4, 1979 … son of John and Karen Barnard … majoring in kinesiology … named after former Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson.
Punting G-GS Punts Yds Avg LP 1999 8-7 42 1,767 42.1 62 2000 11-11 49 2,191 44.7 85 2001 11-11 54 2,401 44.5 59 Totals 30-29 145 6,359 43.9 85