#21 Days Until Gopher Football

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Go Gophers! 21 Marion Barber III
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With Laurence Maroney representing No. 22 in the countdown to Gopher game day, it's only fitting that Marion Barber III follows directly after at No. 21. During his final two seasons, Barber combined with Maroney to form a potent rushing duo.

Go Gophers! Marion Barber III
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Barber in the 2004 Music City Bowl
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Barber, the son of Gopher great Marion Barber Jr. and older brother of Dom Barber (No. 23 on the countdown), played three full seasons in the Maroon and Gold (2001, 2003-04). He surpassed his father's career rushing total and ranks fourth in school history with 3,276 yards.

Barber missed most of the 2002 season with an injury, but came back with an All-Big Ten season in 2003. In the Gophers' game against Ohio, he tied a school record rushing for four touchdowns. No one has equaled it since then. His 17 rushing touchdowns that year put him second on the all-time season list.

Over his Minnesota career, Barber ran into the end zone 35 times, No. 2 in school history. His 2004 (1,269 yards) and 2003 (1,196 yards) season rushing totals rank ninth and 12th, respectively. He surpassed 100 yards in 14 games.

Barber went to the NFL Draft in 2005, when the Dallas Cowboys picked him in the fourth round. He played in the pros for six years, and was a 2007 Pro Bowl selection. That season, Barber rushed for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns, and caught 282 yards' worth of passes for two touchdowns.

Bonus reading: An August 2004 feature on Barber and Maroney, who ended up sharing team MVP honors that season

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