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Krys Barnes Has a Score to Settle With Jaguars QB Jake Luton

Krys Barnes currently sits on the Packer designated Covid list, sequestered from the rest of the team. While his first concern is his health, odds are he is hoping to be on the field for an additional reason on Sunday; payback for his 2019 college encounter with QB Jake Luton.

In 2019, both Oregon State and UCLA struggled to win games. Barnes was easily the Bruins’ best defensive player. His name and stats were highlighted in UCLA pregame press releases. Prior to the Oregon State game against Luton, Barnes was leading the Bruins with 42 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. The game was in Los Angeles at the Coliseum and UCLA was favored by 6 ½ points.

While that game may have led to both Barnes and Luton finding homes on their current NFL teams, the two player’s journeys to the NFL took very different paths, both impacted by this college game.

Luton lit up the Bruin defense that Saturday, to the tune of 5 TD passes. Luton’s final stat line was 18-26 for 285 yards with a longest pass completion of 53 yards and no interceptions. The Beavers also gashed the UCLA defense for 166 rushing yards beating the favored Bruins handily, 48-31. Performing so well in an upset victory in a televised game from Los Angeles helped Luton’s draft stock. He became a 2020 sixth round pick of the Jaguars in the 2020 draft.

ILB Krys Barnes

Oct 5, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Falcons fullback Keith Smith (40) is tackled by Green Bay Packers linebacker Krys Barnes (51) during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Barnes watched most of the game from the sidelines. He was injured very early in the game and had no impact. Barnes left that game with zeroes on every stat sheet. He played the following two weeks but his total tackles dropped in half and his tackles for loss were almost nonexistent. In Barnes’ final game he put up decent numbers, (9 total tackles, 1TFL, and 2 PD) but his defense gave up 52 points to USC. Barnes went undrafted, signed by the Packers as an UDFA. Prior to his shoulder injury and Covid designation, he led the Packers in tackles as he did his UCLA team. It would be a shame if Covid robbed him of being able to settle that college score personally.

Both Luton and Barnes have displayed the talent necessary to impact an NFL game. Packer fans are hoping that Barnes has a quick recovery and that his new team has a better end result when his team faces Luton as an underdog the second time around.

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards is a lawyer, victim advocate, writer, and long term Packer fan and Packer history enthusiast.



  1. R.Duke November 14, 2020

    A guy like Luton with a sixth round pick or wasting the one pick for a futures contract? You make the call, Ted,Jr.

  2. PF4L November 14, 2020

    Mike Pettine and the Green Bay Packers defense are going to show Mr. Jake Luton what Big Boy Football is all about.
    Packers 54….Jaquar’s 3
    The 3 points coming in garbage time in the 4th quarter, against our bench.
    The Packers score there first 50 burger since week 10 of 2014.

  3. PF4L November 14, 2020

    Before i forget…Christian Kirksey…activated from IR!!
    I thought Lazard would be first, but i’ve been wrong before…2016
    The trick is going to be, can he stay off it.
    Stay tuned.

  4. SCPKRBKR November 15, 2020

    This also could be a trap game, sometimes the Packers see a game like this and think “ I can mail it in” I hope Coach has them fired up, and has ensured this squad will lay a 50 burger. #gopackgo!

  5. Kato November 15, 2020

    Windy today at lambeau. I kinda would be surprised if the packers won by more than one score. The huge advantage in this game, the packers air game against the jags pass defense, will be negated by the wind. I still think the Packers win, but will be tighter than expected, and don’t be surprised if the Jags rookie running back passes the century mark on the ground.

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  6. Mick November 15, 2020

    Since the weather will be windy, I don’t expect the Pack to lay 50 on the Jags. My concerns will be the Jags’ running game against our porous run defense. However, I think we have the great equalizer in Aaron Jones.. It’s time for him to bust loose and have one of those big games.

    1. PF4L November 15, 2020

      There is some snow apparently on the backside of that storm. Hope to see it during game time. There isn’t much prettier than a Packer game while it’s snowing.
      I’m going to stick with my prediction, as the Packers defense will steam roll the Jags offense causing turnovers resulting in the defense scoring points directly, or indirectly.
      Preston Smith came off IR and got back on the field and showed us why he is so valuable against the 9ers. Defending a pass, and 2 QB hurries, one which ended in a turnover. The Smith Brothers are back ya’ll and they’ll be putting Defensive Coordinators around the league on notice today!!
      Gotta go make a store run..i just ran outa kool aid.

  7. PF4L November 15, 2020

    Well fuck me Britt McHenry, it’s Gameday!!
    It will be windy in Green Bay this afternoon. Rodgers has said many times the wind doesn’t bother him. I’ve seen You Tube video’s of him dropping 60 yard dimes in 11 on 11 drills to receivers in category 2 hurricane winds. Come wind, come rain, come snow…i’ll ride with Aaron Rodgers, much like i’ve ridden with him in years past when others were closing his career out and wanted him benched.
    Speaking of which, i’m going to go check 3rd string QB Brett Hundley’s twitter and see if he’s bagged a deer during bow season yet.

  8. Howard November 15, 2020

    I don’t spend much time looking at other teams COVID lists. I do notice for the most part players that are added to the COVID list usually come off the list in about 5+- days. Dillion is now 13 days on the COVID list and Barnes is 9 days on the Covid list. Very few, if any NFL players have been on the lists as long as those two. Hopefully they are close to full recovery.