TAMPA – University of South Florida LB Sam Barrington was selected 232nd overall by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He becomes the Bulls 10th NFL Draft pick over the last four years, which is the second-most of any team in the BIG EAST. Barrington is the second Bull drafted in 2013 after Kayvon Webster was selected in the third round by the Denver Broncos.
“This is a great day for my family and I’m just so proud to be in this position,” Barrington said. “It’s been a long journey and I’ve gained so much valuable experience, both as a player and person, during my time at USF. I’m so excited and just want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. Now, I’m looking forward to getting to Green Bay and helping that storied franchise win a lot more games.”
With the selection, Barrington becomes the fifth Bulls linebacker to be selected in the NFL Draft. He joins Jacquian Williams, who was selected in the sixth round by the New York Giants in 2011, Tyrone McKenzie, who was drafted in the third round by the New England Patriots in 2009, Stephen Nicholas, who was selected in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, and Kawika Mitchell, who was picked in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Barrington played in 49 games, starting 36, during his four-year career with USF. He tallied 258 tackles, which ranks eighth on USF’s all-time list, 6.5 sacks, 21.5 TFL, an INT, nine PBU, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Last season, Barrington earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors after finishing second on the team in tackles with 80 to go along with 3.5 sacks, 6.5 TFL, three PBU and two forced fumbles.