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Three years ago Tyler Barnes and his family made the move from Louisiana to Mississippi.
Even as a new kid on the block, it did not take long for Barnes to find his niche on the Starkville High football team and it just so happened to involve a little blocking.
"He has been our leader up front the last two years and has been a three-year starter for us," Yellowjackets coach Jamie Mitchell said. "He generates toughness for our whole group."
Not only does Barnes fit in with his new surroundings, but he has quickly earned the respect of his new teammates and friends. Last season the Jackets elected him as most valuable lineman and while as a right guard, he can at times be overlooked for the flashier skill players, offensive line coach Bill Murphy said his leadership can't be beat.
"Tyler is physically a great leader," Murphy said. "He plays with great emotion and heart each snap. More importantly, he leads with actions. He is not long on talk, but long on performance and that confidence carries over to those around him."
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