In March, the Chargers signed running back and Southern California-native Kenjon (ken-yawn) Barner, to a one-year deal.
Barner spent the last two seasons (2015-16) with the Philadelphia Eagles after originally being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round in 2013. He played in eight games for the Panthers in 2013 before being traded to Philadelphia in 2014. Barner was waived-injured before the start of the 2014 season but returned to spend the last half of the season on Philadelphia’s practice squad. He appeared in 23 games over the last two seasons for the Eagles.
A native of Riverside, Calif., Barner played collegiately at Oregon where he was a two-year team captain and a first-team All-America and All-Pac-12 choice as a senior. During that senior year in 2012, Barner only needed to take two electives during the fall semester to finish his degree in criminology, so he settled on studying yoga and ballet. He was interested in the effects that the two activities could have on his on-the-field performance and reaped immediate benefits of the added flexibility and balance from partaking in those classes.
Barner’s hobbies include bowling, wakeboarding, water sports, camping and spending time at the beach. His high score in bowling is 265.
Barner’s pregame ritual includes taking a bubble bath and listening to country music the night before a game.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Sixth-round pick (182nd overall) by Carolina, April 27, 2013...signed May 23...traded to Philadelphia, Aug. 20, 2014...waived Sept. 8...re-signed to Eagles’ practice squad, Nov. 4...re-signed with Eagles Dec. 30...contract expired March 9, 2017...signed with Chargers, March 21.
2016: Matched season-high with 42 yards rushing and touchdown Sept. 25 vs. Pittsburgh...scored from eight yards out for final points in Eagles’ 34-3 win...three-yard TD run Nov. 6 at New York Giants... season-high 114 kickoff return yards, including 52-yarder in 24-15 win over Atlanta Nov. 13...season-long 61-yard kickoff return to set up TD Dec. 4 at Cincinnati.
2015: Season-high nine carries for 39 yards in Dec. 6 win at New England...season-high five catches in Week 17 win at Giants Jan. 3.
2014: Spent final eight weeks of season on Philadelphia’s practice squad. 2013: NFL debut Oct. 6 at Arizona... season-high five carries in 27-6 win over Tampa Bay Dec. 1.
COLLEGE: Finished career second in school history with 3,623 rushing yards and tied for second with 41 rushing TDs...added 54 catches for 591 yards and seven scores...as senior in 2012, rushed for 1,767 yards (second in school history), while tying school’s single-season record with 21 rushing TDs...team captain as junior and senior...Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of Week and Pac-12 Offensive Player of Week after school-record 321 rushing yards and five TDs at USC in 2012...twotime College Football Performance Awards Running Back of Week as junior in 2011...Pac-10 Player of Week after 147-yard, five-TD performance vs. New Mexico...CFPA National Punt Returner of Week after 80-yard return for TD at Tennessee...All-Pac-10 honorable mention as redshirt freshman in 2009...Pac-10 Special Teams Player of Week after 100-yard kickoff return vs. UCLA...redshirted in 2008...played at Oregon from 2009-12...pre-journalism major. PERSONAL: Born in Riverside, Calif. ...first-team All-CIF and team MVP at Notre Dame (Riverside, Calif.) High where he accumulated 10,772 career all-purpose yards, 8,178 rushing yards, and 144 touchdowns, in addition to 362 tackles on defense... as senior in 2007, led state in touchdowns (46) and rushing yards (3,124), while ranking second and fourth in nation, respectively...team MVP and second-team All-CIF in basketball.