Reagan County legend and former Texas Tech quarterback Joe Barnes was among the nine inductees into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame announced by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Barnes led the Red Raiders to an 11-1 record and a Gator Bowl win over Tennessee in 1973.

That win gave the Red Raiders a 11th national ranking at the end of the season.

The All-SWC quarterback finished with 2,330 passing yards, 1,321 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns in his Texas Tech career.

He notched a team-high 19 victories over a two year period as the Red Raiders’ quarterback.

He also led the group to the 1972 Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.

Barnes played professionally for the Chicago Bears in 1974.

He went on to have an 11-year career in the Canadian Football League where he won two Grey Cups.

Barnes was inducted into Texas Tech’s Hall of Fame in 1986.

The 2018 SWC Hall of Fame class also includes Arkansas All-American Steve Atwater, Baylor’s Tommy Bowman, Houston’s Larry Micheux, former Rice women’s track & field coach Victor Lopez, SMU’s Denny Holman, Texas’ Brooks Kieschnick, Texas A&M’s Curtis Dickey and TCU’s Kurt Thomas.

The 2018 induction class will be enshrined during a luncheon on September 10, 2018 in Fort Worth.

Locally, Barnes led the Reagan County Owls to consecutive State Quarterfinal appearances in 1968 and 1969.

He was heavily recruited with 40 schools being interested in him.

He had multiple college head coaches visit Big Lake to recruit him including Darrell Royal of the University of Texas, Hayden Fry of SMU, Bill Beall of Baylor, Bo Hagan of Rice, Fred Taylor of TCU, Wallace Bullington of ACC and McLendon of LSU.

Other schools who recruited the Owls’ quarterback were Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Houston, Alabama, Angelo State, Cameron State, Sul Ross and Howard Payne.

Jim Carlen, Texas Tech’s head coach at the time, said he had seen Barnes on film and that he looked great.

In his senior season at Reagan County, Barnes notched 938 yards on 103 carries, tossed 17 touchdowns and averaged 9.6 yards per carry.

Barnes was a All-Southwest Conference selection during his senior year at Tech.
We congratulate Joe Barnes on his fantastic accomplishments as he has represented Reagan County and Big Lake well.