Barber accomplished something that no other Tech player has done, become the only person to be named first-team All-America in two different NCAA classifications. Coming from a winning program in White Oak, Texas as a quarterback, Barber starred for the Bulldogs as a tight end. Due to his speed, he was able to burn defenders deep as evidence by his first reception for Tech, a 94 yard play. Of his catches as a sophomore, five of them went for touchdowns as Barber helped lead Tech to the 1973 NCAA Division II National Championship. As a junior, he caught 26 passes, six for touchdowns and was named a first-team All-American while leading Tech to another national title in 1974. Despite the move to NCAA Division I, Barber's production didn't waiver as he caught 25 passes, six for touchdowns and became Tech's first major college first-team All-American. He finished his career with 57 receptions for 1,226 yards and 17 touchdowns. Barber went on to play over nine seasons in the NFL with the Houston Oilers and the Los Angeles Rams.