Luq Barcoo

American football player (born 1998)

American football player
Luq Barcoo
No. 35 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Personal information
Born: (1998-07-27) July 27, 1998 (age 25)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Castle Park
(Chula Vista, California)
College:Grossmont (2016–2017)
San Diego State (2018–2019)
Career history
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2020)
  • Arizona Cardinals (2021)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2021)*
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2022)*
  • New York Jets (2022)*
  • San Antonio Brahmas (2023)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2023–present)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • All-XFL Team (2023)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:10
Pass deflections:1
Player stats at

Luqman Barcoo (born July 27, 1998) is an American football cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at San Diego State University, and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020. He was the first defensive player drafted by the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL.

Early life

Barcoo was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised by his mother, Brigette Burns, with the family eventually settling in Chula Vista, California.[1][2] His given name, Luqman, is of Arabic and Turkish origins, and he began to go by Luq as a child because people had trouble pronouncing his full name.[1]

High school career

Barcoo attended Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, where he earned three letters in football and became a two-way starter.[1][2] On offense, he rushed 57 times for 472 yards and six touchdowns in his final two seasons and caught 71 passes for 1,314 yards and 15 touchdowns.[2] On defense, Barcoo recorded 74 tackles (52 solo), four tackles for loss, five interceptions, nine pass breakups, and one blocked field goal.[2]

Barcoo tore his hamstring during his senior season, though he was able to convince his coach to allow him to play in their playoff matchup against The Bishop's School and caught Castle Park's only touchdown of the game.[1] Barcoo was unrecruited out of high school due to his injury and the fact that he came from a smaller school.[3]

College career

Barcoo played two years of junior college (JUCO) football at Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, California, earning the starting cornerback spot as a freshman.[1] That year, he had 21 total tackles, two interceptions, and four pass breakups.[4] The following season, he was moved to wide receiver where he caught 35 receptions for 767 yards and seven touchdowns.[4] Barcoo was considered a two-star JUCO recruit by 247Sports.[5]

Barcoo transferred to San Diego State. During the 2018 season, he mostly played on special teams, recording one interception, five hundred pass breakups, and seventy tackles.[1][6] In 2019, he led college football in interceptions, passes defended, and pass breakups.[7]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
175 lb
(79 kg)
Values from Pro Day[8]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Barcoo went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.[9] He was waived on August 19, 2021.

Arizona Cardinals

On August 20, 2021, Barcoo was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals.[10] He was waived on September 30, 2021, and re-signed to the practice squad.[11] He was released on October 12.

San Francisco 49ers

On November 24, 2021, Barcoo was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.[12] He was released on January 18, 2022.

Kansas City Chiefs

Barcoo signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 24, 2022.[13] He was released on June 16.

New York Jets

On July 27, 2022, Barcoo signed with the New York Jets.[14] He was released on August 16, 2022.[15]

San Antonio Brahmas

On November 17, 2022, Barcoo was drafted by the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL.[16] He was released from his contract on May 15, 2023.[17]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On May 15, 2023, Barcoo signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[18] He was waived on August 29, 2023, and re-signed to the practice squad.[19][20] He was released from the practice squad on September 12, 2023, but was re-signed two days later.[21][22]

On January 17, 2024, Barcoo signed a reserve/futures contract with the Steelers.[23]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Leonard, Tod (September 18, 2019). "Luq Barcoo faced crossroads aplenty before finding success at SDSU". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved May 9, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d "Luq Barcoo". SDSU Aztecs Athletics. Retrieved May 9, 2023.
  3. ^ Luca, Greg (March 16, 2023). "Brahmas corner Luq Barcoo finding groove through XFL opportunity". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved May 9, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Fragoza, James (May 25, 2020). "Aztecs in the NFL: Luq Barcoo". Mountain West Connection. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Luqman Barcoo, Grossmont College, Cornerback". 247Sports. Retrieved May 9, 2023.
  6. ^ "2020 NFL Draft Sleeper to Know: Luq Barcoo (San Diego State)". November 18, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "2020 NFL Draft Profile: San Diego State CB Luq Barcoo". Mountain West Wire. April 20, 2020. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  8. ^ "2020 NFL Draft Scout Luq Barcoo College Football Profile". Retrieved February 3, 2024.
  9. ^ Harvey, Demetrius (April 30, 2020). "UDFA Spotlight: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Luq Barcoo". Big Cat Country. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Urban, Darren (August 20, 2021). "Cardinals Claim CB Luq Barcoo Off Waivers From Jaguars".
  11. ^ Urban, Darren (October 5, 2021). "Cardinals Bring Luq Barcoo Back To Practice Squad".
  12. ^ "49ers Sign CB Luq Barcoo, WR Devin Funchess to Practice Squad; Waive WR". November 24, 2021.
  13. ^ McMullen, Matt (March 24, 2022). "Chiefs Add Four Free Agents, Including a Former First-Round Pick". Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  14. ^ Allen, Eric (July 27, 2022). "Jets Sign DB Luq Barcoo; Release DB Jovante Moffatt".
  15. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (August 16, 2022). "Jets Place Mekhi Becton on Injured Reserve; Release Four Players". Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  16. ^ "Rosters for all eight XFL teams: Full draft results and where Vic Beasley, Martavis Bryant landed". ESPN. December 18, 2022. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  17. ^ "XFL Transactions". Retrieved May 18, 2023.
  18. ^ "Steelers Sign XFL CB Luq Barcoo". Yardbarker. May 15, 2023. Retrieved May 15, 2023.
  19. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 29, 2023). "Steelers trade Green, reduce roster to 53".
  20. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 30, 2023). "Steelers add nine to the practice squad".
  21. ^ Farabaugh, Nick (September 12, 2023). "Steelers Release Ballhawk Cornerback from Practice Squad". Steelers Now. Retrieved September 15, 2023.
  22. ^ "Steelers make multiple roster moves". Retrieved September 15, 2023.
  23. ^ Varley, Teresa (January 17, 2024). "Steelers sign 17 to Reserve/Future contracts". Retrieved January 17, 2024.

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