Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/19/14
MINNEAPOLIS One catch.That's all Gophers wide receiver A.J. Barker had to show for everything he'd been through in three years on the University of Minnesota campus; all the extra hours he spent in the weight room as he tried to move up the depth chart proved to be futile. The former De La Salle standout walked on at Minnesota for the chance to take the field as a Gopher and represent his home state. After taking a redshirt season in 2009, Barker appeared in just four games as a freshman in 2010. During his first season, he caught only one pass, a 17-yarder against Iowa.That would be the only time Barker found the stat sheet in two seasons. Hamstring injuries limited him to just two games last year, but he never caught a pass. "It was definitely a struggle at times, but it was something that I had a lot of faith in myself," Barker said. "My family had a lot of faith in me. I had a lot of faith in the people around me, my friends. I just kept working, kept going to work every day."T...
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