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#8 Michael Barton
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 225
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Richmond, CA
High School: De La Salle HS
Experience: 1 Letter
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Barton took over in Cal’s starting middle linebacker spot for the final three games of his 2013 redshirt freshman season and responded with half of his 64 tackles on the season. He also tallied 8.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards), 2.0 sacks (-11 yards), two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup over 11 games played. He begins the 2014 season as the starter at the WILL outside linebacker position on the preseason depth chart.

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2013

Cal Career (2012 – Present)
► Has played in 11 games with three starts all coming in his second year with the program as a redshirt freshman in 2013
► Has career totals of 64 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards), 2.0 sacks (-11 yards), two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup
► Ranks tied for first among Cal’s active career leaders in tackles for loss, third in tackle for loss yards, tied for fourth in sacks and tied for fifth in tackles
► Had a career-high-tying 13 tackles and 1.0 sack (-3 yards) at Stanford in the finale of his 2013 redshirt freshman season, while picking up a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss (career-high -10 tackle for loss yards), a career-high-tying 1.0 sack (career-high -8 sack yards) and a career-high-tying one quarterback hurry against USC, and a career-high one pass breakup and a career-high-tying one quarterback hurry against Northwestern
► Has twice recorded a game-high in tackles both as a 2013 redshirt freshman at Stanford and vs. USC
 
Sophomore (2014)
► Listed as a starter at the middle linebacker spot on the preseason depth chart
► 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), third in tackles (64) and tied for fourth in sacks (2.0) and sack yards (-11)
► Added one pass breakup
► Recorded half of his tackles (32-of-64) during his starts in the last three games, picking up a career, game-high and single-game 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 2.0 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and 1.0 sack (-8 yards) along with a quarterback hurry vs. USC
► Had nine tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards), his first career quarterback hurry and lone career 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
► 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 (2008-11)
► 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
► The 2011 MaxPreps California Division I Player of the Year as well as a first-team All-State choice of MaxPreps and ESPN
► Also the 2011 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
► A finalist for ESPN High School California’s 2011 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
► 2010 junior squad was unbeaten at 14-0 and the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, while 13-1 senior squad was No. 1 in California, No. 3 nationally, and winners of the California Open Bowl Division and the East Bay Athletic League
► Had nine tackles in the California Open Bowl Division win
► 13-2 sophomore team in 2009 was ranked No. 5 in California

Recruiting Rankings (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
► Intended major is media 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 (twice, last vs. Stanford, 2013)
Sack Yards: 8 (vs. USC, 2013)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (twice, last vs. USC, 2013)
Pass Breakups: 1 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)

Last Updated
July 28, 2014

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