Alex Barnes has always flown on the under the radar, but after a strong showing at the NFL Combine, the former K-State star is ready for the next chapter.
“I wasn’t a huge recruit out of high school, but that’s not something you can worry about. You can just go out there and do what you do, getting to that next level it’s the top of the top, so I gotta prove myself all over again and I’m ready to do that,” Barnes told KSNT Sports.
“Do what I’ve always done, carry myself professionally, let people know that I know the game of football, I love football, I’m gonna work my tail off to do whatever I can to be the best person I can be. That’s something that’s been instilled in me since I was little and I think that can attributed to where I’m from, Pittsburg, Kansas,” added Barnes.
Barnes did 34 reps on the bench press at the NFL Combine, the most of any running back.
“I don’t think a lot of people were expecting me to perform the way that I did or be as athletic as what I am,” said Barnes. “I knew going into it that all I had to do was get that invite and that I’d be able to blow expectations out of the water.”
Barnes is used to being underlooked and credits his strong work ethic to his time at K-State.
“You gotta earn everything, nothing’s given to you and that’s something that K-State really drilled into me more than anywhere.”
Barnes feels he has a wide range of skill sets that will benefit NFL teams.
“There’s not going to be someone as big as me that’s going to be able to do what I do when it comes to strength, speed, catching the ball out of the backfield, versatility, I’m not gonna get in trouble. I’m gonna do everything the right way,” said Barnes who led the Big 12 in rushing.