Year: Junior.

Hometown: Grayson, Georgia.

Depth chart: No. 1 at inside linebacker.

Career games played: 32.

Of note: Barry was born in Atlanta, moved to Africa when he was 1 and moved back to the United States to start kindergarten. He ranks third in the Big Ten Conference in tackles per game with 9.1. He had 11 tackles in the win against Minnesota last week, giving him at least eight tackles in every conference game.

On his favorite part of practice: “My favorite is when we start game-planning and going against the scout team, with stuff from the opponent. I like that the most because I’m actually playing football, and it’s not drill work.”

On the highlight play of his career: “The play I’m proud of the most was the play against Northwestern last year. That running back (Jeremy Larkin), who is a real good running back, was running with a full head of steam. He needed only two yards to score and I held him to one. He had the edge on my and everything and I made that hit in overtime. I think that gave me great confidence because the game before (against Purdue) was not my best tackling game, and after that I game I felt like I got all the confidence I needed.”

If I could play another position for one game: “Safety. I’d love to see how everything was in front of me, and I had depth to work with, the plays that I could make.”

On what he’ll remember most about last week’s win against Minnesota: “Just the dominance. Minnesota had good players and went toe-to-toe with Ohio State, and the fact we jumped on them and one point it was 28-0 was just a glimpse of what kind of team we will become in the future.”

On playing against Blaise Andries, the Gophers' 6-foot-5, 315-pound right guard: “He’s the best lineman I’ve faced all year, and that’s including the Wisconsin linemen. He was big, and talk about effort. Every play he was after me. We almost got in a fight twice.”

Three things most people don’t know about me:

1. I like to play video games.

2. I listen to every type of music — rock, rap, instrumental — except for country.

3. My junior of high school I played running back, so if I ever get an interception watch out.

Brent C. Wagner

[ WATCH: Barry on momentum and run defense ]

[ TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Recapping Monday's news conference ]