Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Nov 2012

Flashes: Oregon RB Kenjon Barner

Study football players long enough and it becomes clear that we all make assumptions about what they can and cannot do. Here's a play of Oregon RB Kenjon Barner's that may challenge assumptions about him if enough of them exist on tape.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 21 Nov 2012

4 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2012, 12:48pm by Mark Porter


by Kyle D. (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2012 - 2:47pm

Several problems with this. First of all, everything is based on the assumption that everybody believes he can't break tackles. If everybody is saying it, cite somebody notable who did say it.

But let's assume he's right and that is the consensus opinion. How does one play disprove the consensus? There's never been a runner who hasn't broken tackles on occasion. And I can show you a film of Tim Tebow hitting a receiver in stride to win a playoff game. Must mean he's deadly accurate. He must be leading the NFL in completion percentage, right?

by Matt Waldman :: Wed, 11/21/2012 - 4:11pm

Read more carefully and you will see that the point of this series is not to show one play that counters assumptions made by others about a player's skill set. It's about showing a play that is leading me to continue FURTHER INVESTIGATION in to a specific skill in question.

This isn't a series designed to give readers a neat, overall conclusion about a player. It's just sharing small things I'm studying at the moment.

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving

by sundown (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2012 - 6:48pm

Because there's concern there won't be any investigation into the skills of Kenjon Barner? I can understand what you're trying to do, but it would seem to be better suited to players who aren't A-List prospects in programs that live on national television.

by Mark Porter (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:48pm

A-1 NFL prospect indeed. Study Barner from high school to each and every game in college since he started at Oregon. Hundreds of broken tackles. Look at all the highlights and any doubts will be addressed.