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Dec. 18, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State has received a national letter of intent from Tarow Barney (Bainbridge, Ga.), a defensive tackle who played the last two seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He plans to enroll in the University in January and will be eligible to play for Coach Bill O'Brien's squad during the 2014 season.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Barney led the Rangers with 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks (minus-31 yds) during the 2013 season. He started all nine games, recording 36 tackles, forcing one fumble and had five quarterback hurries. His 9.5 tackles for loss ranked No. 15 in NJCAA Region 23.
As a freshman in 2012, Barney appeared in all 10 games and compiled 20 tackles (12 solo) and four quarterback hurries. He helped the Rangers to their first bowl victory in 20 years when they claimed the Brazos Valley Bowl, 47-36, over Kilgore College. Barney helped Northwest Mississippi Community College to an 8-2 overall record in 2012.
Barney was the No. 5 defensive lineman and 19th ranked player overall in the ESPN Junior College Top 50 rankings.
Barney played one season at Bainbridge High School, helping the Bearcats to an 8-2 record as a senior. He was an All-Region honorable-mention selection after posting 55 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.
Penn State returns 16 starters for the 2014 season (8 offense, 7 defense, 1 specialist), which begins August 30 vs. No. 15 UCF in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Public tickets for the Nittany Lions' first international game are available at www.ticketmaster.ie/psufootball and by entering the passcode, PSUDUBLIN14. The public ticket offering will end December 31.
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