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Kansas State RB Alex Barnes Declares for the 2019 NFL Draft

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Kansas State is losing the top rusher in the Big 12 Conference after Alex Barnes announced he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft via a post on Twitter.

Barnes made sure to give a shout out to Bill Snyder, saying, “I would like to thank Coach Snyder for his consistency in my time at Kansas State. His goals and expectations were the same for each and every day of practice or workouts, to see improvement from the previous day. This is a valuable skill that I will continue to use to help me achieve my future goals… I’ll do my best to represent all of you, my FAMILY.” 

Barnes is coming off the best season of his collegiate career. He led the Big 12 Conference with 1,355 rushign yards and was tied for the lead with 12 rushing touchdowns. His rushing totals topped his freshman and sophomore years combined. He added 20 receptions for 194 yards as well. Barnes’ best game of the season came against Baylor when he racked up 250 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 caries, good for a 11.4 yard-per-carry clip.

Any running back needs to consider the NFL Draft after leading his conference in rushing yards. The NFL views running backs as a dime a dozen and having only so many carries in their bodies. After 256 carries this season and proving himself as a lead back in the Big 12, this made complete sense for Barnes.

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