COLUMBIA - When Tim Barnes played offensive line for (Pettis County) Northwest High School in Hughesville, coach Caleb Crooker knew Barnes was a standout player.
Barnes, a junior starting center for the Missouri Tigers, offered valuable protection for the Northwest offense. But Crooker also appreciated the perspective that Barnes kept.
"We're a small program. He was a real big kid," Crooker said. "You know at practice he couldn't go full speed, he'd hurt people. So that right there tells a lot about Tim. He didn't go out and look to bully people up at practice or anything.
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