Honors & Awards
» Butkus Award Preseason Watch List (2019)
» Lott IMPACT Trophy Preseason Watch List (2019)
» Defensive Team MVP (2018)
» Third-Team All-Big Ten (2018, Media)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2018, Coaches)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017, 2018)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2018; Spring 2017, 2018)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Mohamed Barry returns for his senior season as a veteran leader of the Nebraska defense. The 6-1, 245-pound Barry is the top returning tackler in the Big Ten Conference after a breakout junior campaign in which he had 112 tackles, while starting all 12 games for the Huskers.
Barry is expected to hold down the Will linebacker position in the middle of the Nebraska defense in 2019. The Georgia native will be a leading contender for All-Big Ten honors this fall, after picking up third-team accolades during the 2018 season. Barry has played in all 37 Nebraska games over the past three seasons, after redshirting in his first year in Lincoln.
Barry has distinguished himself off the field in his time at Nebraska. An ethnic studies major, Barry earned his bachelor’s degree in May. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams.
Barry produced a breakout junior campaign while starting all 12 games in 2018. Barry led Nebraska with 112 tackles as a junior after entering the year with only 44 career tackles. He led the team in tackles in nine of Nebraska’s 12 games en route to becoming the first Husker to have a 100-tackle season since 2014.
Barry ranked second in the Big Ten and 38th nationally with an average of 9.3 tackles per game, while his 112 tackles were the most by a Husker since All-American Lavonte David had 133 tackles in 2011. Barry had seven double-figure tackle games in 2018, becoming the fifth Husker to have seven double-figure tackle efforts in one season and the first since David in 2010. Barry had at least seven tackles in all nine Big Ten Conference games, and he also set career highs with 11 tackles for loss, including his first two career sacks. For his efforts, Barry was recognized as a third-team All-Big Ten linebacker by the conference media and was an honorable-mention selection by the league’s coaches.
Barry earned his first season-opening start against Colorado and responded with a career-high 12 tackles against the Buffaloes. After totaling only three tackles in limited action against Troy due to a first-half targeting ejection, Barry had another double-digit tackle effort with 11 stops at No. 19 Michigan, including a career-high three tackles for loss and his first career sack. Barry had another 11-tackle performance the next week against Purdue. He led Nebraska with eight tackles at No. 16 Wisconsin and recorded his first pass breakup of the season. The next week at Northwestern, Barry again recorded eight tackles, including a TFL.
He made 11 stops against Minnesota, including one tackle for loss. Barry had 11 tackles again the next week vs. Bethune-Cookman, while recording a career-high-tying three TFLs, including his second career sack. At No. 8 Ohio State in the first game of November, Barry made seven tackles. He then had 11 tackles the next week against Illinois. Barry had a team-high eight tackles in Nebraska’s victory over Michigan State, when the Husker defense limited the Spartans to six points. He ended his junior season with 11 tackles at Iowa, the sixth time he had 11 tackles in 2018 and the sixth time in Nebraska’s nine conference games that Barry tallied double-digit tackles.
Barry appeared in every game, contributing at linebacker and on special teams. All 38 of his tackles came from his linebacker spot, including 15 solo stops. Barry earned his first two career starts at Purdue and Minnesota and added the first tackle for loss and breakup of his career.
Barry posted a then-career-high four tackles in the season opener against Arkansas State, nearly matching his total of six tackles from his redshirt freshman season. He enjoyed a career game against No. 9 Ohio State, finishing with a career-high eight tackles. He earned his first career start in the Huskers’ next game at Purdue and recorded three tackles. In his next start at Minnesota, Barry posted seven tackles and his first career tackle for loss. The next week at No. 13 Penn State, he again totaled seven tackles and added his first career pass breakup. Barry ended his sophomore campaign by recording 29 tackles over his final six games, including three games with at least seven tackles.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Barry played in all 13 games as a reserve outside linebacker and on special teams. Barry finished the season with six assisted tackles, including five on special teams. He had a fumble recovery on kickoff coverage against Tennessee, helping set up a second-half Husker touchdown.
Barry sat out the 2015 season as a redshirt. He spent the majority of his time on the sidelines following shoulder surgery.
Before Nebraska (Grayson HS)
Barry was a strong playmaker from his linebacker spot for Grayson High School in Georgia. As a senior in 2014, Barry helped Coach Mickey Conn's team to a 10-2 record, and helped the school advance to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. Barry was a dominant defender for the Rams, patrolling the middle of the field from his linebacker position, while also showing the versatility to be strong in pass coverage.
Barry was honored for his play in 2014, earning first-team Class AAAAAA all-state honors in Georgia. Barry also was a standout for Grayson High as a junior, ranking among the state's leaders with 16 sacks.
Rivals ranked Barry as a three-star prospect, while the 247Sports composite rankings listed him as the No. 71 linebacker in the nation. Scout.com ranked Barry among the top 15 linebackers in Georgia. Barry has been regularly trained by former Nebraska and NFL linebacker Eric Johnson.
Barry also visited Kansas State and Miami before choosing the Huskers. Additionally, he had offers from North Carolina State, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Washington State.
Mohamed was born on Nov. 29, 1996, and he is the son of Kadiatou Bah. Barry graduated with a degree in ethnic studies in May of 2019. He has volunteered with Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race, Red Cross, the UNL Children’s Center and hospital and school outreach visits.