FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Former Arkansas All-American and All-Southwest Conference selection Jim Barnes will serve as the A Club Honorary Captain for Saturday's game between Arkansas and Samford, it was announced Wednesday.
Barnes lettered for the Razorbacks from 1966-68 and served as a team captain in the 1968 season. A native of Pine Bluff, Ark., Barnes was a standout offensive guard who combined size and exceptional speed on the gridiron. After overcoming a bout with polio as a child, Barnes' grit and determination transformed him into one of the most effective blockers in Razorback football history.
Barnes started his career on defense as a linebacker before moving to the offensive side of the ball. His versatility allowed him to be utilized not only at guard, but also at tight end in the Razorbacks' offense.
Barnes cleared the way for some of the most potent offensive players in Razorback history, including quarterback Bill Montgomery and running back Bill Burnett. Barnes earned first-team Associated Press All-America and first-team All-SWC honors in 1968 after helping the Razorbacks to a 10-1 season, a share of the SWC Championship and a victory over Georgia in the 1969 Sugar Bowl.
Following his career at Arkansas, Barnes was named to the UA's All-Decade team for the 1960s and was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2007.
The A Club honorary captain is recognized before each home game for their outstanding accomplishments on the field during their Razorback career. Barnes will also be available for an autograph session from 4-4:30 p.m. at the AT&T Fan Zone, located on the north side of War Memorial Stadium. Before kickoff, they will be recognized and will accompany the captains to midfield for the coin toss.
Kickoff for Saturday's game vs. Samford inside War Memorial Stadium is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be available in high definition on pay-per-view. For more information on the pay-per-view broadcast, click here.
Single-game tickets for both Little Rock games and the remaining four home games in Fayetteville are on sale. Single-game tickets can be purchased at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Additionally, tickets for the two Little Rock games can be purchased at the War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.