A junior from Melrose, N.M., Barnard recorded a career-high 20 tackles in New Mexico State’s 42-21 home loss to cross-border rival UTEP. A tackle for loss was included in Barnard’s stat line. It is only the fifth time in Aggie football history that a player has registered 20 or more tackles in a single game. On the season, Barnard 32 total tackles, a tackle for a loss and an interception.
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