Just Say No To Poe; Cowboys Will Fly High With Red Barron

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October 08, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide safety Mark Barron (4) warms up before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Ideal size and physique for an NFL safety at 6’1, 214.  Did not participate at the NFL Combine due to recovery from injury.  Ran 4.56 40-yard dash at second Alabama Pro Day.  Coach Nick Saban claimed he was still only around 85% in his recovery.  Known as a smart player with great instincts and solid character.  Receives unanimous high praise from coaches and teammates alike.  Very hard worker in film room, practice, and games.

Excellent motor and overall skills package.  Puts in much time studying opponents and weekly game plan.  Vocal team leader and field general that leads by emotion and example.  Started in every Alabama regular season game since winning the job to begin his sophomore year (39 games).  2-time NCAA National Champion, Alabama Class 5A Football State Champion,  Alabama Class 5A Track & Field State Champion.


“My style of play?  I really don’t know how to describe it, I just do whatever has got to be done.  I like to hit.  Since I was six years old that’s the way I was taught to play the game, we are gonna hit somebody and make it hurt.”

“We played in a very difficult defense,” Barron said of the Crimson Tide.  “We did a lot of different schemes.  As far as communicating, I had a lot to do with that on the back end.  I feel like sometimes I brought some energy with the hits that I made and things of that nature.  So, I did a lot of different things.”



Attended St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, AL

Played multiple positions including running back, wide receiver, and linebacker

5-star recruit in 2008, rated #1 Weakside Linebacker in America by Scout.com

  • Prep Awards

First-team HS All-American (Scout)

Consensus 2008 Alabama All-State Team

2007 MVP Alabama Class 5A Football State Championship Game

Won Multiple 5A individual state track titles in 2008 (several categories from shot put to long jump)




Nov 19, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Georgia Southern Eagles player Nico Hickey (20) is picked up and tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron (4) at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Started at safety in every regular season game from 2009-11 (39 games)

Started on kick coverage and played reserve safety in all 14 games as a Freshman (2008)

  • Collegiate Awards:

2011 First-team Consensus All-American

2010 First-team FWAA All-American

2009 Third-team AP All-American

First-team AP All-SEC in 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Career Stat Totals:

237 tackles, 149 solo, 13 TFL

5 sacks, 7 QB hurries, forced fumble, fumble recovery

12 interceptions (8th in Alabama school history)

145 INT return yards (125 in 2008, 5th in single season school history)

34 passes defended, 22 PBUs

  • Stats By Season:

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