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With 23 days left until the Virginia Tech battles Georgia Tech, we turn our attention to one of the numberless Hokies on roster Mr. Tyler Barfield. Barfield is our last walk-on in this countdown so I’ll do him justice and give him a brief moment in the sun here on VTF. Barfield is an intriguing prospect. He’s a guy that could play in brief spells this year but will probably spend the majority of the season helping out on the scout team once more. However, you would like to see a guy with so much lower body strength (515 lbs front squat) fill a slightly more important role on offense.
Weight: 320 lbs
Position: Offensive Guard
High School: Westfield High School
How Did He Get Here?
Some FCS schools heavily recruited Barfield but he grew up a Virginia Tech fan. When the Hokies came calling, Barfield listened and eventually committed to Tech in February in 2009. He held other walk-on offers from Syracuse, UVA, and Delaware. He also had a full scholarship offer from Northwestern as well.
2011 Season Rewind
Barfield didn’t dress for any games last year but he did provide some depth at guard and worked on the scout team in practice. He received Iron Hokie honors in the spring.
If you would take just the weight room stats and had to guess who were our top offensive linemen, Barfield would probably be somewhere in your top five. He’s a weight room terror but for some reason that ability just hasn’t translated over onto the field. Of course, it’s tough being a walk-on offensive lineman. Often times, your passed over by younger scholarship players and it’s hard to garner the coaches trust.
Barfield could see some playing time this fall if he dresses for the Austin Peay game in September. Other than that, he may be limited to dressing for home games and participating on the scout team once more. As Virginia Tech writer and author Chris Colston would say, he’s another walk-on fighting the good fight.
Completely Made Up Fact
Barfield has earned the nickname "Cartman" among his teammates due to his physical appearance and because of his unyielding love for the Colonial's fried chicken.
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