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Barnes Steals Spotlight at Wide Receiver

When a star recruit is moved to a new position two weeks before the first game, it's easy to question his performance. When Mark Barnes was suddenly shifted to wide receiver on Friday, many asked themselves what the problem was. As it turns out, there never was a problem. According to Coach Steve Spurrier, "Barnes catches everything near him."

Though interceptions are nice, receptions are better. For Mark Barnes, his hands seemed best used with a Gamecock quarterback throwing to him, not the opponents. Barnes first scrimmage at wide receiver on Saturday was more than a good showing – it was somewhat amazing. One of the most complex offensive schemes in the country, Barnes ran his routes, leaped, grabbed and acted as though he'd been an...

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