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Barden Biography

Giants.com has a biography up about Ramses Barden:

The most physically imposing receiver in the 2009 NFL Draft, Barden proved in post-season all-star games and at the Combine that while he might not have played at the major college level, he is a major talent. His size, strength and long stride have scouts comparing him to former Denver Broncos standout, Shannon Sharpe, present Bronco, Brandon Marshall and San Diego’s Vincent Jackson, all who proved that while they might tower over cornerbacks, they can also play in the short area passing attack.

 

CAREER NOTES

Barden started 43-of-46 games during his career at Cal Poly; 21 at “X” receiver and 22 at “Z” receiver…Caught 206 passes for 4,203 yards and 50 touchdowns…His average of 20.4 yards per catch is the highest career average by a Football Championship Subdivision (FBS) player since Dedric Ward of Northern Iowa (22.02 ypc, 1993-96)…His average of 25.74 yards per catch was the highest mark by an FCS player since Mikhael Ricks of Stephen F. Austin averaged 28.89 yards per reception in 1997…His average of 39.5 yards per reception vs. Northern Colorado in 2007 was the highest game average by an FBS player since John Taylor of Delaware State averaged 44.6 yards vs. St. Paul’s in 1985…
Broke the FBS career-records with a touchdown reception in 32 games and with a string of 20 consecutive contests, topping the previous marks of at least one score in 17-straight contests and in 26 games by Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State (1981-84)…His string of eleven consecutive games with at least one touchdown in 2008 tied the NCAA record that was first set by Randy Moss of Marshall in 1996…Caught 50 touchdowns, tying Jerry Rice for second in FBS history behind David Ball of New Hampshire (58, 2003-06)…His eighteen touchdown receptions in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons set the school and Great West Conference annual records and rank seventh on the NCAA season-record chart…His 4,203 yards receiving placed him fourth in the NCAA career-record book behind Jerry Rice (4,693), David Ball (4,655) and Jacquay Nunnally of Florida A&M (4,239; 1997-2000)…His 206 receptions broke the previous school career-record of 177 grabs by Darrell Jones (2001-04)…His 1,467 yards receiving in 2007 rank 12th on the NCAA annual record books and topped the previous Cal Poly annual mark of 1,377 yards by Kassim Osgood in 1999… Barden’s 1,257 receiving yards in 2008 placed third on the school record list…His 67 receptions in 2008 rank second on the Cal Poly season-record list behind Kassim Osgood (91 in 2000) and Barden’s 57 catches in 2007 rank sixth on that list…Owns five of the thirteen 200-yard receiving games by a Cal Poly player…Totaled 268 yards receiving vs. Idaho State in 2007, the third-best game total in school history behind Kassim Osgood, 376 vs. Northern Iowa in 2000) and Chris Thomas (334 vs. Sacramento State in 1991)… Barden and Cal Poly offensive lineman Stephen Field are the first football players to earn first-team All-Great West Conference honors four times.

2008 SEASON

Barden was a unanimous All-American and All-Great West Conference first-team selection…The Walter Payton Award nominee was named FBS National Offensive Player of the Year by The NFL Draft Report…Started all eleven games at the “Z” receiver position, catching 67-of-111 passes thrown to him (60.36%) for 1,257 yards (18.8 avg), the second-best season total for receptions and sixth-best for receiving yardage in school annals… Tied his own school and conference season-record with eighteen touchdown grabs… Ranked eighth in the nation and led the conference in scoring, averaging 9.82 points per game…Finished second nationally while leading the Great West with an average of 114.27 yards per game receiving…56 of his 67 receptions (83.58%) produced first downs, as he converted 3-of-11 third-down plays (27.27%)…47 of his catches (70.15%) were good for at least 10 yards, including 27 for 20 yards or longer (40.3%)…Came up with key receptions that set up 31 touchdown drives and three more that ended with field goals…Caught 14 of his receptions inside the red zone, including eleven on goal-line plays…Had 18 of the passes targeted to him be deflected by the opposition (16.22%).

2008 GAME ANALYSIS

San Diego State…Facing the team he almost signed with coming out of high school, Barden made the Aztecs regret not pursuing him in earnest, as he not only torched their secondary for 161 yards and a touchdown, but all seven of his catches were good for first downs…He scored on a 22-yard strike from Jonathan Dally midway through the first quarter…He set up Ryan Mole’s 8-yard touchdown run with 20 and 28-yard receptions later in the opening frame…He also posted big catches on three field goals, including 13 and 10-yarders that set up Cal Poly’s game-winning 21-yard field goal as time expired for a 29-27 triumph.

Montana…Barden added five first downs on seven catches for 131 yards and a pair of scores…He ended the team’s first possession of the game with a 50-yard touchdown catch and opened the second quarter with an 11-yard touchdown grab…Record Watch-Barden’s 131 yaerds gave him 3,238 yards receiving for his career, breaking the old school all-time record of 3,144 yards by Kamil Loud (1995-97).

Northwestern State (La.)…Barden collected 176 yards and a touchdown on nine catches, including six for first downs…His third-&-6 grab for 43 yards set up his second-&-goal 4-yard scoring catch…Added an 18-yarder and then cleared a rush lane to spring QB Jonathan Dally for a 1-yard touchdown run in the final seconds of the third quarter.

South Dakota…Barden caught scoring passes of 34 and 10 yards, coming up with 158 yards as all five of his receptions produced first downs…He also added a 16-yard touch-down catch on a fleaflicker…Record Watch-This marked the 14th time Barden gained over 100 yards receiving in a game, breaking the old school record of thirteen by Kamil Loud (1995-97).

South Dakota State…Barden was limited to 40 yards on two catches, but one was good for a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Southern Utah State…The senior receiver got back to the century mark in a big way, as all twelve receptions produced first downs and ten of those grabs were good for at least 10 yards, scoring twice and coming up with key receptions that led to five other scoring drives. Barden finished with 217 yards in a 69-41 victory…A pass interference call against a Southern Utah defender who mauled Barden on the play set up QB Jonathan Dally’s 33-yard scoring strike to Jon Hall on Cal Poly’s first possession…His 45-yard grab led to Dally finding Tredale Tolver with a 25-yard touchdown on the next snap…That was followed by Barden snaring a 12-yard scoring pass and then catching a 41-yard touchdown to end the first quarter scoring…Record Watch-This marked the 27th game that Barden had at least one touchdown catch, breaking the NCAA record of 26 games that was set by Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State (1991-94)…His twelve catches gave him 181 for his career, topping the old school record of 177 receptions by Darrell Jones (2001-04).

Idaho State…This marked Barden’s 16th-straight game with a touchdown catch, pulling in four passes fot 77 yards…He set up a first quarter 8-yard scoring run by Ryan Mole with a 25-yard reception…He later scored on a third quarter 27-yard grab.

North Carolina Central…Barden continued his record-breaking quest, as he made just three catches for 36 yards, but two were good for scores…He began the game with a 4-yard touchdown catch and later in the first quarter, he added a 26-yard touchdown…
Record Watch-This was Barden’s 17th consecutive game with a touchdown catch, tying Jerry Rice’s FBS record.

Cal-Davis…Barden had two more touchdowns among his six catches for 70 yards…His first score was a 3-yarder early in the second quarter and he added a third quarter 2-yard touchdown snatch…Record Watch-This marked Barden’s 18th-straight game with a touch-down catch, breaking Jerry Rice’s NCAA record.

Wisconsin…Cal Poly almost pulled off an unbelievable upset before falling 36-35 in overtime, as Barden scored once and set up another touchdown after gaining 83 yards on six receptions…His second quarter 31-yarder set up a 2-yard touchdown run by QB Jonathan Dally that ended a 71-yard, 10-play series with 1:15 left in the half, giving Cal Poly a 20-7 lead going into the locker room…At the start of overtime, Dally found the “Z” receiver with a 25-yard touchdown strike.

Weber State…Barden closed out his career with six receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns…He ended the first possession of the game that totaled 80 yards on seven plays, catching a third-&-8 toss from Jonathan Dally for a 19-yard score…His final college touchdown came on a 5-yard lob from Dally with 3:08 left in a 49-35 loss.

2007 SEASON
Consensus All-American choice…Earned All-Great West Conference first-team accolades and shared the league’s Offensive Player of the Year Award with North Dakota State quarterback Steve Walker…Set the school and conference season-records with 1,467 yards receiving, seven 100-yard games receiving and 108 points scored…Led the team and ranked 20th in the nation with 57 receptions (25.7 avg)…Set another school mark with eighteen touchdown catches…Averaged 133.36 yards per game receiving, the second-best number in the NCAA…Moved to “Z” receiver, starting every game.

2007 GAME ANALYSIS

Texas StateBarden opened the season in explosive fashion, as all eight grabs produced first downs, totaling 207 yards with touchdowns of 68 and 25 yards.

Weber StateBarden amassed 219 yards, delivering eight first downs on nine catches and four touchdowns from distances of 9, 24, 9 and 67 yards.

Western OregonThe receiver totaled 121 yards on four catches, coming up with a 24-yard touchdown.

Northern ColoradoBarden collected four passes for 158 yards and a 20-yard score.

Cal Davis…The junior receiver went over the century mark for the fifth time in six games, picking up 173 yards on five receptions…Scored on grabs of 53, 56 and 22 yards in a 63-28 win.

Idaho StateBarden 268 yards receiving rank third on the school game-record list, as he caught ten throws that included touchdowns of 27, 85 and 79 yards.

Southern Utah State…The “Z” receiver had his seventh 100-yard receiving game for the season, a school record…Gained 123 yards with a 10-yard score on five catches.

2006 SEASON

All-Great West Conference first-team choice…Started all eleven games at “X” receiver, leading the team with 42 receptions for 824 yards (19.6 avg) and three touchdowns…Was ranked second in the league with an average of 74.91 yards per game receiving and placed fourth in the Great West with an average of 5.18 receptions per game.

2005 SEASON

All-Great West Conference first-team selection…The red-shirt freshman started ten of thirteen games at “X” receiver…Led the team with 40 receptions for 655 yards (16.4 avg) and nine touchdowns, the most scoring grabs by a freshman in school history…Posted a solo tackle vs. Southern Utah State and blocked field goals in each of the South Dakota State and North Dakota clashes.

2004 SEASON

Red-shirted as a freshman.

TRACK

Competed on the Cal Poly track team in 2007, producing best marks of 11.05 in the 100 meters and 22.59 in the 200-meter dash.

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Flintridge Prep (La Canada Flintridge, Cal.), playing football for head coach Marty Konrad…On the gridiron, the receiver and free safety earned All-Prep League, All-CIF-Southern Section and All-Area (Pasadena-Glendale) honors in addition to All-State accolades in the small schools division…Led the Rebels (12-1) to the CIF-Southern Section Division XIII title as a senior, when he caught 41 passes for 915 yards and 14 touch-downs…Also played basketball, volleyball and track…On the hardwood, he averaged 17.2 points and eight rebounds a game…Named All-League three times and All-CIF twice in basketball and named Cal-Hi Sports small schools Athlete of the Year…An Honor Roll member as a junior and senior, he participated in Peer Counseling, the Minority Student Union as a club director and was an Alliance Camp counselor.

PERSONAL

Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing…Earned Dean’s List honors…
Member of Black Student Union and Local Celebrity Look Alikes…Claims to be the Central Coast Madden Champ as well as Cal Poly bowling tournament champ…Served as a coach at summer basketball camps and is an accomplished speaker…Son of Denise and Al Barden…Father played basketball for New York University and reached the NCAA Final Four in the early 1960s…Born 1/01/86 in Altadena, California.


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