Cornerback Kevin Barnes is about to embark on an NFL career, but there's a good chance he won't see anything in the pros like he saw while playing for the University of Maryland last season.
Barnes is responsible for one of the most replayed hits of the 2008 college football season. During a game against Cal on national television, he made running back Jahvid Best throw up on the field after delivering a crunching hit. The play became an instant YouTube sensation, and Best has spent the past year answering questions about it.
"I didn't see it. I was actually walking away celebrating," said Barnes, now a rookie with the Washington Redskins. "Then I looked back to the sideline for the next play because the series wasn't over. After the game, everybody told me about it. People were showing me videos of it on my iPhone. I had about 100 text messages about it."
Barnes said to this day the hit is still a topic of conversation locally and he sees a highlight of it about once a month. He acknowledged he was part of something rare, and also predicted big things for Best.
"That has nothing to do with his future," Barnes said. "He's one of the best players in the country."
Best said his friends have teased him about the incident ever since, and he's looking forward to Saturday's season-opening rematch with Maryland to make some new memories against the Terps.
"Right after the game on the bus ride back home, I got text messages talking about the videos already on YouTube and everything," Best said. "My friends were hounding me about that. So I have to go this weekend and reclaim my name in Maryland."