The Big Fella

Future Razorback Freddie Barnett has a big game to open his 2005 season, but comes away disappointed when Butler County rallies to down visiting Trinity Valley 26-17 in junior college football action Saturday night.

With four tackles, a sack and two batted down passes , University of Arkansas defensive tackle commit Freddie Barnett (6-3, 305) got off to a very good start individually in his sophomore season at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.

But the big fella is more about winning than anything else and that's why he was downtrodden after having 2004 national runner-up Butler County Community on the ropes on their home field Saturday night only to end up losing 26-17 in his team's season opener.

It made for a long bus ride home back to Athens, Texas, for Barnett, who is on pace to transfer to Arkansas at mid-term and be able to go through spring practice in 2006.

"We played well, but we just had some special team breakdowns that cost us," Barnett said. "I thought our defense played really well. We stopped them four times in the Red Zone and gave us a chance."

Trinity Valley had a 17-13 lead going into halftime, but got two second-half field goals and a long TD pass at the end of the game to rally for the win.

"It went back and forth in the first half and I felt like when we went into the locker room we were going to go ahead and get us a road win if we just kept it up and kept fighting," Barnett said. "But they got the breaks in the second half. It did show us that we can play with anybody in the country just like we thought we could."

Butler freshman Brandon Barnett, (5-8, 190) Freddie's little brother and a fellow UA signee, did not play in the game as he is presently redshirting this season. he will play next season and then have three seasons at Arkansas - one in which the brothers should be Razorbacks together.

"But he may play this season now because there running back got hurt last night," Barnett said. "We'll just have to see how it goes, but he thinks he's getting bigger and better. He asked me Saturday if I could see he was getting bigger and I just laughed at him and said no."

Butler has three different sophomore tailbacks to go through before they would have to activate Brandon Barnett, who is handicapped somewhat by the rule that allows only 12 out-of-starters on the active roster and all three sophomore tailbacks are in-staters.

It at least will be beneficial for Arkansas that he would have three seasons of eligibility.

"He'd like to be playing, but that's the good part - that he can be a Razorback longer and that we will have a year to play together when we both get there," Freddie Barnett said.

Trinity Valley will have its home opener this Saturday when it hosts Tyler.

"That will be another good one," the older Barnett said. "We're going to cut down the mistakes and get us a win."

Both Barnetts are expecting to be on hand for the Razorbacks' game with visiting Auburn on Oct. 15.

"That's going to be a good one and I'll be trying to watch them on TV as much as our schedule allows us to,' Barnett said. "I can't wait to get up there and be a Razorback."


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