Cal Football BIO
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Michael Barton
Player Profile:
Michael Barton 1250478
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 240
Year: Junior
Hometown: Richmond, CA
High School: De La Salle HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Twitter: @michaelbarton08 | @calfootball
Instagram: barton_ate | cal_football

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2014 | 2013

Barton is a 2015 national honors candidate who has earned second-team preseason All-Pac-12 honors from Phil Steele after leading Cal with 80 tackles as a 2014 sophomore while also pacing the squad with 7.5 tackles for loss, both career highs. Barton ranks first among Cal’s active career leaders in tackles for loss (15.5) with at least 0.5 tackles for loss in 16 of the 23 games he has played in, second in tackles (144) and third in sacks (3.5). Barton has played in 23 career games with all 13 of his career starts coming over the team’s last 15 contests.

Cal Career (2012 – Present)
► Has played in 23 games with 13 starts with all of his action coming in the last two campaigns of his three seasons with the program after redshirting as a true freshman in 2012
► Has career totals of 144 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss (-42 yards), 3.5 sacks (-19 yards), three pass breakups and two quarterback hurries
► Ranks first among Cal’s active career leaders in tackles for loss, second in tackles, third in sacks and tackle for loss yards, tied for third in sack yards, tied for fourth in quarterback hurries and tied for sixth in pass breakups
► Posted his top season as a 2014 sophomore when he played in career-high 12 games including a career-high 10 starts and had a career-high and team-leading total of 80 tackles while also pacing the squad with 7.5 tackles for loss (-16 yards) and 1.5 sacks that were just a half-tackle for loss and half-sack shy of his career-high 8.0 tackles for loss (career-high 26 yards) and 2.0 sacks (career-high 11 yards) as a 2013 redshirt freshman
► Had career-high-tying totals of 13 tackles and 1.0 sack (-3 yards) at Stanford in the finale of his 2013 redshirt freshman season
► Registered career-high totals of 2.0 tackles for loss and 10 tackle for loss yards, as well as a career-high-tying 1.0 sack, eight sack yards and one quarterback hurry as a 2013 freshman against USC
► Also had a career-high-tying one quarterback hurry and career-high-tying one pass breakup in his first collegiate game in the 2013 season opener vs. Northwestern
► Equaled career-high totals of 1.0 sack and eight sack yards during his 2014 sophomore season in the season finale vs. BYU
► Had a career-high-tying one pass breakup at Northwestern and at Oregon State as a 2014 sophomore
► Has led or co-led the team in tackles four times, including twice both during as a 2014 sophomore (at Arizona, at Oregon State) and as a 2013 redshirt freshman (vs. USC, at Stanford)
► Has registered at least 0.5 tackles for loss in 16 contests over the past two seasons to lead the team
 
Junior (2015)
► National honors candidate
► A second-team preseason All-Pac-12 selection according to Phil Steele while Athlon had him as a fourth-teamer
► Listed as one of four players along with Devante Downs, Jalen Jefferson and Aisea Tongilava sharing the starting spot at the ‘WILL’ linebacker position on the preseason depth chart
► Had one tackle in the spring game
 
Sophomore (2014)
► Honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection of the league’s coaches
► Played in 12 games with 10 starts and led the team with career-highs in tackles (80) and tackles for loss (7.5, -16 yards) while adding 1.5 sacks (-8 yards) to rank fifth on the club and two pass breakups to rank tied for seventh
► Started six of the first seven games of the season at the ‘MIKE’ linebacker position and four of the final five at the ‘WILL’ linebacker spot while coming off the bench twice vs. Washington and in the season finale against BYU
► Ranked No. 17 in the Pac-12 and No. 193 nationally with an average of 6.7 tackles per game
► Twice had double-digit tackles with a season-high 12 against Colorado and 10 at USC, adding 1.0 tackles for loss (-1 yard) in both contests and being credited for both a first-down assisted tackle and second-down solo tackle both from the Cal two-yardline in the second and final overtime of a 59-56 win over Colorado
► Registered 10 tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) at USC
► Picked up nine tackles both vs. UCLA and at Oregon State with the total against the Beavers also leading the squad, adding a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards) against the Bruins and 1.0 tackle for loss (-3 yards) and one pass breakup against the Beavers
► Totaled eight tackles both at Northwestern and at Arizona with the latter total also leading the squad, adding 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) and one pass breakup at Northwestern and 0.5 tackles for loss at Arizona
► Picked up other defensive stats in contests at Washington State (7 tackles; 0.5 TFL), vs. BYU (5 tackles; 1.0 TFL, career-high-tying -8 yards; 1.0 sacks, -8 yards), vs. Stanford (5 tackles), vs. Washington (4 tackles), vs. Oregon (3 tackles)
► Registered at least 0.5 tackles for loss in a team-high eight contests
► Did not play in the spring game due to injury
 
Freshman (2013)
► Played in 11 games with starts in each of the last three
► Co-led the team with two quarterback hurries, while ranking second in both tackles for loss (8.0) and tackle for loss yards (-26), tied for third in tackles (64), and tied for fourth in sacks (2.0) and sack yards (-11)
► Added one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries
► Recorded half of his 64 total tackles during his starts in the last three games, picking up a career, game-high and team season-high-tying 13 along with 1.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards) and 1.0 sack (-3 yards) at Stanford, 10 with 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) at Colorado and a game-high nine with career highs of a team season-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss (career-high -10 yards) and 1.0 sack (career-high -8 yards) along with a quarterback hurry vs. USC
► Had nine tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards) along with his first career quarterback hurry and pass breakup in the season-opener vs. Northwestern
► Also recorded tackles vs. Portland (8), at UCLA (4), at Washington (3), at Oregon (2), vs. Washington State (2), vs. Oregon State (2) and vs. Arizona (2), with his other tackles for loss coming at UCLA (1.0, -4 yards), vs. Arizona (1.0, -3 yards), at Washington (1.0, -2 yards) and at Oregon (0.5, -0 yards)
► Registered at least 0.5 tackles for loss in a team-high-tying eight contests including each of the last five
► Had one tackle in the spring game
 
Freshman (2012)
► Redshirted
► Did not play
► One of six players to earn a team-high-tying two team awards, picking up the Scout Team Player of the Year on defense as well as the Freshman Lifter of the Year
► Cal’s No. 7 recruit according to Athlon prior to the season, while Phil Steele pegged him as the nation’s No. 24 freshman linebacker

De La Salle HS (Class of 2012)
► An All-American selection of MaxPreps, Prepstar and SuperPrep as a 2011 senior when he recorded 103 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two passes defended, one fumble recovery and one punt block with a 34-yard return
► Played in the U.S. Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl following his senior season
► Named the MaxPreps California Division I Player of the Year as well as a first-team All-State choice of MaxPreps and ESPN as a senior when he was also the East Bay Player of the Year according to the San Francisco Chronicle and the East Bay’s Defensive MVP by the Bay Area News Group, as well as a finalist for ESPN High School California’s California Mr. Football
► Named a Super Soph by GoldenStatePreps in 2009 when he posted 72 tackles for the first of two consecutive seasons, ranking third in the East Bay Athletic League as a 2010 junior
► Played on successful prep teams that combined to go 40-3 during his three varsity campaigns from 2009-11
► Played on a 2010 junior squad that was unbeaten at 14-0 and the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, while his 13-1 senior squad was ranked No. 1 in California, No. 3 nationally, and won the California Open Bowl Division and the East Bay Athletic League
► Had nine tackles in the California Open Bowl Division win as a junior
► Played for a sophomore team in 2009 that finished 13-2 and was ranked No. 5 in California

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2011)
► Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
► Ranked as high as the No. 10 inside linebacker in the country in his final prep campaign according to MaxPreps, while Rivals listed him at No. 11, ESPN had him as its No. 19 linebacker, while SuperPrep put him at No. 35
► Ranked as the No. 28 player overall in the state of California by ESPN and No. 39 according to Rivals, while SuperPrep had him at No. 31 in California/Hawaii/Nevada

Other
► Full name is Michael Anthony Barton
► Born August 27, 1994
► Parents are Mike Barton and Chakay McDonald
► Oldest of seven children in his family
► Major is American studies

Barton's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 13 (at Stanford, 2013)
Tackles For Loss: 2.0 (vs. USC, 2013)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 10 (vs. USC, 2013)
Sacks: 1.0 (three times, last vs. BYU, 2014)
Sack Yards: 8 (twice, last vs. BYU, 2014)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (twice, last vs. USC, 2013)
Pass Breakups: 1 (three times, last at Oregon State, 2014)

Last Updated
June 25, 2015

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