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Blazing speed, agility and quick assignment grasp in Pirates' offensive scheme has allowed for continued depth chart inclusion as a top reserve at the "Z" outside receiving position behind Davon Grayson heading into his second full season on ECU's active roster ... Has enjoyed rapid ascend on unit's two-deep after earning a roster position as a walk-on in the fall of 2012 ...Could also experience action on various special teams squads ... Began spring scrimmage season with two catches for nine yards on March 31 ... Caught another three passes for 35 yards, including a seven-yard TD strike from Kurt Benkert, a week later in the second intra-squad tilt ... Enjoyed a three-catch, 47-yard, one-touchdown effort during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Was on receiving end of a 30-yard scoring toss from backup quarterback Jason Connella in spring finale ... Owns the program's fastest time in the 40 with a clip of 4.28, while also standing among the leaders in vertical jump (39.5"), broad jump (10'5") and pro shuttle (3.93) ... Growth in program's strength and conditioning program has been notable, especially recently with recognition as the most improved at receiver position ... One-year increases include 15 pounds in the bench (285 to 300), 130 in the back squat (345 to 475), 33 in the power clean (242 to 275), one inch in vertical jump and two inches in broad jump.
2013: Experienced action in 13 games as a member of the outside receiving corps and special teams unit as a redshirt freshman ... Made collegiate debut in the season opener versus Old Dominion (Aug. 31) on special teams ... Notched first career start against UAB (Nov. 16) ... Caught nine passes for 103 yards (11.4 ypr) with one TD ... All nine receptions occurred in the last six games, with a career-best three against Southern Miss (personal-high 47 yards) and FIU (40 yards) ... Also added two receptions for nine yards vs. Tulsa ... Hauled down first career TD pass (career-long 26-yarder) in the first quarter from Shane Carden at FIU in Miami ... Rushed twice for 12 yards ... First career carry was against Southern Miss for 12 yards before adding another attempt for zero yardage vs. UAB ... Four of nine receptions were for 10 or more yards, with six resulting in a first down or TD ... Tallied a career-best 59 all-purpose yards vs. Southern Miss (12/rushing, 47/receiving) ... Had a single catch for seven yards during ECU's 42-28 win against NC State at Carter-Finley Stadium.
2012: Competed on the scout team during redshirt campaign as a true freshman after arriving as a walk-on.
High School: Earned three letters and served as a team captain for coach Kevin Motsinger at New Hanover ... Eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark as a senior in 2011 after netting 955 yards during junior campaign ... Also lettered in basketball as a shooting guard, small forward and power forward.
Personal: Full name is DaQuan D. Barnes ... Born December 1, 1993 at Wilmington, N.C. ... Brother, Jermaine Jones, played football and ran track at Saint Augustine's, recently helping the Falcons to both the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor National Track Championship as a three-time All-America selection (100 dash, 200 dash, 4x100 relay) ... Major is sports studies.