It was Freddie Barnett's wish that he would be wearing a University of Arkansas jersey and running down SEC ball carriers during the 2004 season.
Instead the 6-1, 305-pound defensive lineman had to put that off for a couple of years, but just took that frustration out on those who lined up against Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College, where has detoured for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
The Razorback signee and former Texarkana High standout did his job well enough to earn first-team All-Conference honors after racking up 51 tackles and recording six sacks.
"I would have much rather been doing that at Arkansas, but I just got there and tried to find me a place to play and play hard all the time," Barnett said. "I played D-tackle and noseguard. The team did have a great season, but I thought I did pretty good."
Barnett said junior college football was obviously a step up from high school, but still not what he is striving for and what he needs.
"I need D-I to prove I can get it done like I think I can," Barnett said. "I can't wait to get up there and start making plays."
There would be the University of Arkansas, where he plans to be playing in 2006 and would join fellow 2004 Razorback signee Rodney Giles - a 6-3, 245-pound defensive end with 4.4 speed who is now at NEO - in giving the team two older defensive lineman ready to make an impact right away.
"If I take care of my business they say they will still be there for me," Barnett said. "That's the only place I want to play so I am going to make sure I take care of my business."
Arkansas is recruiting Texarkana senior tailback Brandon Barnett (5-9, 190, 4.4), Freddie's little brother, and the possibility exists that both could be playing at Arkansas at the same time.
Older brother was on hand in Springdale last Friday night to watch the younger rush for 165 yards - including two runs of over 50 yards - in a 42-7 loss to the No. 1 Red Bulldogs (12-0).
"That would be great for us to be together at Arkansas" the older Barnett said. "He's a great player and we both love the Razorbacks."
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