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Quinn Barham found a home at left tackle in 2010. The coaching staff moved the North Carolina product from guard to tackle prior to spring drills to find the best offensive line combination. Barham grabbed ahold of the opportunity and never looked back. He exited preseason camp as the top left tackle and became a fixture in the starting lineup for the Nittany Lions. He started all 13 games last year, joining 2010 seniors Doug Klopacz and Stefen Wisniewski as O-Line starters in every contest. Barham was on the field for 917 plays, the third-highest total last season and second-highest among 2011 returnees. A May 2011 graduate, Barham will be one of three returning seniors on the O-Line. He has made significant strides on the practice field and in the weight room to emerge as a consistent contributor for an offense that only allowed 12 sacks all season. Penn State tied for No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 13 in the nation for fewest sacks in 2010. Blessed with a very good blend of size, strength, tenacity and mobility, Barham ended spring drills solidly atop the depth chart. One of the squad's most engaging personalities, Barham is a potential All-Big Ten candidate, who is poised to take further steps forward in his second full season in the starting lineup. The former Hillside HS standout earned a 3.31 grade-point average last spring and Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2009. Barham and center Ty Howle are the returning Nittany Lions from North Carolina.
Barham started every game at left tackle, joining 2010 seniors Doug Klopacz and Stefen Wisniewski as offensive line starters in all 13 contests. Barham was on the field for 917 plays, the third-highest on the team. He was instrumental in Penn State allowing only 12 sacks all season, tied for No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 13 in the nation for fewest sacks allowed. Barham played a critical role in helping the Nittany Lions gain 350 or more yards nine times, topped by 528 yards in the historic 35-21 comeback win over Northwestern. The Lions ran for a season-high 260 yards against the Wildcats, with two 100-yard rushers, and threw for 268 yards. Barham helped Penn State gain 496 yards against Indiana and 435 yards against Michigan, scoring 41 points in both victories. He was on the field for a season-high 90 snaps in the win over Northwestern, as Joe Paterno posted his 400th career victory.
2009 Junior Season
Barham played in six games, gaining experience and providing depth for an offensive line that had three new starters at the beginning of the campaign. He served as the top reserve to Lou Eliades at right guard, taking snaps in the wins over Akron, Syracuse, Temple, Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Michigan State. Barham saw action on 123 snaps, led by 36 in the victory over Syracuse.
2008 Sophomore Season
Barham shifted from guard to center following the season-ending injury to Doug Klopacz in mid-September. He saw action in six games as the top reserve to Rimington Trophy winner A.Q. Shipley, including Big Ten wins over Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan State. He was on the field for double-figure plays against Syracuse, Temple and Wisconsin.
2007 Freshman Season
Redshirt season. Barham suffered a season-ending broken left ankle in an early November practice.
Barham was a three-year standout at Hillside HS under Coach Ray Harrison. During his senior season, he was named to the North Carolina all-state team for his excellence at offensive tackle. Barham also was named all-conference and first-team all-area during his senior season. He helped lead Hillside to the Pac 6 co-championship in his senior season. He also was selected Offensive Lineman-of-the-Year and second-team all-area as a junior. His excellence on the field and in the classroom also garnered a Wendy's High School Heisman nomination. After his senior season, Barham participated in the 2006 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas featuring the top players from North Carolina and South Carolina.
Full name is Samuel Dewey Barham. He is the son of Samuel and Teresa Barham and has a sister, Kayla. In his free time, Barham enjoys listening to music, reading and socializing. He is enrolled in the College of Health and Human Development and compiled a 3.80 grade-point average in high school. Born August 8, 1989 in Raleigh, N.C.
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