Pro running back prospect Kenjon Barner took time to meet with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN First Take Tuesday morning. Barner finished his college football this year after an amazing career stop here at the University of Oregon.
Barner was one of the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy in 2012 before being passed up by the freshman sensation “Johnny Football” (who was SO good that his stats nearly equaled Marcus Mariota’s). Barner also set the all-time record for rushing yards in a game by an Oregon Duck and the most rushing yards ever allowed in a single game by a USC defense with 321 yards. Barner was asked a few questions about his take on the draft, the Ducks, and former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
Being very humble, after asked about his name not being mentioned in the top draft prospects, Barner replied, “It’s not about where you start, it’s about where you finish.” He then cited Tom Brady, who wasn’t drafted until the 6th round but has become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in this generation.
When asked about former coach Kelly and his move to the NFL, Kenjon replied by saying Chip Kelly is a genius, which as all of us Duck fans know, he really is.
One of the last questions was a quick one. Stephen A. Smith asked Barner who was faster, he or De’Anthony Thomas. Kenjon replied, “I can’t sit here and lie to you guys, De’Anthony is faster, he is just a different breed.” It really shows the class and character of the man – an athlete, and more importantly, a person – whom we all can appreciate.