Major: General Studies
Events: SP (IN: 60-1 ¼; OUT: 65-7), DT (190-1)
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.
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).
Did not compete for the Tigers during the 2007 season.
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.
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.