Position
Throws
Height
6'3
Class
Redshirt
Hometown
Miami, Fla.
High School
Carol City HS

Major: General Studies
Events: SP (IN: 60-1 ¼; OUT: 65-7), DT (190-1)

All-SEC

CAREER
A shot put specialist who finished his collegiate career ranked No. 8 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event with an indoor-best mark of 60 feet, 1 ¼ inches … Recorded his indoor best in a second-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships during his freshman season in 2006, earning him All-SEC honors for his performance … Competed in the shot put at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2006 and 2008 … Earned the right to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in his career in 2008 following a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional … Placed 18th in the shot put in his only appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

2008
One of the top shot putters in the NCAA in 2008 … Stepped into the circle at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time in his collegiate career … Placed 18th at the national meet in Des Moines, Iowa, with a throw of 57 feet, 9 ¾ inches … Earned an automatic berth into the NCAA meet with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. … Helped lead the Tigers to a runner-up finish at both the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championships … Scored six points with a third-place finish in the shot put at the SEC Indoor Championships where he threw an indoor seasonal best of 59-1 ½ … Added two points at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a seventh-place finish in the event … Opened the outdoor campaign with a seasonal-best throw of 59-1 ¼ at the LSU Tiger Relays … Won four shot put titles on the year, including the LSU Twilight (56-7 ¼) and LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier (56-6 ½) during the indoor season and the LSU Tiger Relays (59-1 ¼) and LSU Alumni Gold (58-4 ½) during the outdoor campaign … Earned a runner-up finish at the prestigious Penn Relays with a throw of 58-8 and a fourth-place finish at the Texas Relays with a throw of 55-6 ¼ … Threw the discus at three home meets during the outdoor season, including the LSU Tiger Relays (147-1), Tiger Invitational (150-7) and LSU Alumni Gold (150-11).

2007
Did not compete for the Tigers during the 2007 season.

2006
One of the Tigers’ top newcomers in the 2006 season … Earned All-SEC honors in the shot put at the SEC Indoor Championships by finishing in second place with a seasonal-best heave of 60-1 ¼ … Posted first-place marks in the event at both the LSU Twilight and LSU Invitational with distances of 57-11 ¼ and 59-9 ½, respectively … Was a participant in the NCAA Mideast Regional during the outdoor season after posting a regional qualifying mark of 58-8 in his first outdoor meet at the Texas Relays … Finished in second place at the Texas Relays … Earned a third-place finish at the Miami Elite with a distance of 59-3 … Also competed in the discus during the outdoor season … Posted a seasonal-best mark of 154-3 at the Miami Elite to finish the meet in seventh place … Earned a 12th-place finish at the LSU Alumni Gold (154-2) and a 18th-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships (148-2).

PRIOR TO LSU
Attended Miami Carol City High School in Miami, Fla. … Considered one of the top throws recruits in the country … Won the 2005 Florida state titles in both the shot put and the discus … Named one of the three top performers of 2005 in the shot put by USA Today … Came to LSU with PRs of 190-1 in the discus and 65-7 in the shot put … Signed a football scholarship at LSU … Rated as the No. 1 defensive line prospect to come out of the state of Florida … Register 93 tackles, 15 sacks and three interceptions as a senior … Set the Florida state record for sacks in a game with six and a half.

PERSONAL
Full name is Ricky Barkley Jean-Francois … Born on Nov. 23, 1986 … Son of Celhomme Jean-Francois and Zora Jones … Nickname is The Freak … Majored in general studies with emphasis in communication studies and sports studies.

 

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