A quick-footed blocker who is projected as the preseason starter at one of the tackle positions entering junior season ... Did not participate (personal reasons) during the early portion of spring drills but returned during the latter stages and completed workouts.
2006: Did not see any game action in 2006 after transferring in from Georgia Military ... Was elevated to ECU's travel roster, which included participation with the Pirates' during trip to Birmingham for the Papajohns.com Bowl ... Late arrival in fall camp resulted in eventual redshirt season ... Signed with the ECU program in February, 2006.
Junior College: A two-time All-America performer at the same junior college program which produced former ECU wide receiver Aundrae Allison and current linebacker Fred Wilson ... Integral part of Bulldogs' line as a sophomore that helped Georgia Military College to a 9-2 record and a Golden Isles Bowl win over Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in 2005 ... Key member of squad as a freshman that advanced to the Golden Isles Bowl with an 8-2 record ... Lettered two seasons for coach Bert Williams.
High School: Part of a Manatee High School program which advanced to four consecutive Class 5A playoff appearances, which included two regional runner-up showings (2000, 2002) ... Opened prep career on a 10-3 squad which captured post-season wins against Naples and Hillsborough ... After assisting the Hurricanes to an 8-3 ledger and one playoff victory as a sophomore, he helped contribute to an 8-5 campaign in 2002 which included post-season triumphs vs. East Lake and Seminole ... Provided senior leadership to a 5-5 squad which rallied to earn a playoff berth in 2003 ... A two-year starter for coach Howie DeCristofaro.
Personal: Full name is Willie Lee Barton III ... Born May 6, 1986 at Bradenton, Fla. ... Major is communications ... Enjoys basketball, ping-pong and music as hobbies ... Lists psychology as favorite school subject ... Says favorite summer or part-time job was working in a nursing home kitchen ... Cites mother and grandmother as most influential people on career.