All-Pro OL-Devonne Barnes returns for 2023
The Erie Express are happy to announce the return of All-Pro OL-Devonne Barnes (Indiana University of PA) for the 2023 season. Devonne begins his fourth season with the Express and is a returning starter on the offensive line.
This past season season we were crowned USA Bowl Summer Division National Champions, won our Division for the fourth year in a row and qualified for the GDFL National Playoffs for the seventh year in a row. In January of 2023 we headed to Daytona Beach, FL to face the Minneapolis Warriors in the USA Bowl Summer Division National Championship Game. (17-20 loss) The above mentioned team accolades, Devonne had a direct hand in making possible. For his efforts this season Barnes was named GDFL All-Pro for the third time.
Devonne played a major role in leading us to the 2021 GDFL National Championship as well as the 2022 USA Bowl Summer Division National Championship. For his efforts during the 2021 season Devonne was named GDFL All-Pro for the second time.
Barnes graduated from Cathedral Prep High School in Erie, PA. While there Barnes was a three year letter winner, twice named All-Region and earned All-State honors his Senior year. The Ramblers won the 2013 State Championship in part to Devonne's performance as an offensive lineman. Barnes followed up a stellar high school career by playing his college ball at Indiana University of PA. While there the Crimson Hawks qualified for the national playoffs making it all the way to the final four.
"Devonne has established himself as one of the premier offensive linemen in the country. His presence on the field opens so many options for us. His absence in this years National Bowl game was felt heavily and shows us exactly how important he is to our teams overall success.. There are no frills with him, he show up to the field with one mission and he has done a amazing job thus far executing that mission. We are a better team when he is here and we are blessed to have him back on board for 2023"-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
Devonne is a GDFL verified Pro Prospect. Interested pro indoor or outdoor teams are invited to contact the GDFL or the Erie Express directly for film and stats.
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