Doug Karsch goes one on one with fifth-year senior offensive lineman Ricky Barnum, a three-year letterman who is competing for playing time at center after switching positions in the spring.
At Michigan ... four-year letterman ... appeared in 22 contests along the offensive line, making 16 starts.
Fifth-Year Senior (2012) ... started 13 games at left guard.
Senior/Junior (2011) ... Sugar Bowl champion ... earned third varsity letter ... played in four games at left guard; started three games (Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, San Diego State).
Junior/Sophomore (2010) ... earned second varsity letter ... appeared in three contests ... made season debut as a reserve at left guard and special teams vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25) ... substituted in at left tackle against Ohio State (Nov. 27) ... entered the game at right guard vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 1) in the Gator Bowl.
Sophomore/Freshman (2009) ... earned first varsity letter ... appeared in two games ... made career debut as a reserve at left guard vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... played left tackle against Delaware State (Oct. 17), his first appearance at the position.
Freshman (2008) ... did not see game action ... redshirted.
Prep ... attended Lake Gibson High School (2008) coached by Keith Demyer ... three-year varsity letterman in football ... Key Statistics... recorded over 75 pancake blocks as an offensive tackle ... Honors and Rankings... four-star prospect and the nation's fifth-best center according to Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 37 player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com ... PrepStar Magazine All-Southeast Region ... rated as the 148th-best player nationally on the ESPN 150 rankings ... fourth-rated offensive guard prospect by Scouts, Inc. ... participated in the Under Armour All-American game ... first-team All-Polk County selection as a senior ... Class 5A first-team all-state honoree senior year ... second-team Class 5A all-state as a junior.
Personal ... Ricky Lovell Barnum Jr. was born on June 25, 1989 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in Afro-American and African studies.