This is a refrain that will be repeated with some regularity as this list rolls on but Danny Barrett was a bright spot during a very dark era of Cincinnati Football. He joined the Bearcats in 1979 under coach Ralph Staub out of Boynton Beach, Florida. UC went 2-9 in 1979 and again in 1980. Staub was promptly fired and replaced with Mike Gottfried for the 1981 season.
Barrett was the starter as a Sophomore in Staub's last year. But he was inconsistent for most of his career. He threw for decent yardage in each of his first two seasons (2074 yards in total), but the decision making wasn't there. In those two seasons he threw just 8 TD's but 22 INT's.
He put it all together as a Senior. His completion percentage went up to 55 percent and his TD/INT ratio jumped to 17/12. He put on a master class against Louisville throwing for 311 yards with 4 TD's in a route of the Cardinals. At the end of his senior year Barrett was named honorable mention All America by the AP.
Barrett went on to have a long career in the CFL and transitioned to coaching. He is currently the Running Backs coach for Central Florida.