Barnett's Debut

UA commit and former Texarkana tailback Brandon Barnett (5-9, 190, 4.4) got off to solid start for Butler (Kan.) Community College Saturday night and notes that his brother and two-time Razorback signee Freddie Barnett could actually still be joining him at Arkansas.

Former Texarkana standout and Razorback signee and current commit Brandon Barnett (5-9, 190, 4.4) got to play his first football game in quite a while last Saturday night.

Barnett, a redshirt freshman tailback at Butler (Kan.) Community College who had not been in a game since the 2005 Arkansas High School All-Star game, opened his 2006 season by scoring a pair of touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 68 yards in a 26-0 win over Kilgore (Texas) CC.

"I was a little rusty because I redshirted last year and I was just getting back into the flow," Barnett said. "But things started coming together for me and I think I am going to have a big year."

The night would have been even bigger for Barnett - ho will have three years to plat at Arkansas - if his 70-yard scoring dash during the middle of the game hadn't been wiped out due a penalty.

"One of my teammates got called for holding, but really it just showed me something that (UA assistant) Coach (Danny) Nutt has been telling me and that's stay patient and the big one will come," Barnett said. "If you try to break one every play, you are going to give up a lot of yards that you could be getting just concentrating on what's available at the moment."

It was Barnett's first game since he stole the show at the 2005 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

In that game, Barnett scored three touchdowns while rushing for 95 yards and two scores and catching three passes for 31 yards and another score in an MVP performance that led his West squad to a 28-13 win over the Darren McFadden-led East team.

"It felt really good to be back out there on the field," Barnett said. "I think things are just going to get better for me as the year goes along."

Barnett is joined at Butler this season by 2006 Arkansas signee and former Ashdown star Dee Williams, who caught 3 passes for 40 yards and also returned a kick 34 yards in the opener.

"I'm very firmly committed to Arkansas and I am trying to really get ready for when I get back over there," Barnett said. "I'm also showing Dee the ropes and how things go in college and all that. He's going to be a great one."

Barnett, who says he will likely be a May grad instead of a mid-term one so he can run track for Butler, thinks Williams has a bright future as well.

"I think Dee is going to be really, really good," Barnett said. "He got to camp a couple of days late, but then made two great plays and scored twice in our summer scrimmage and you could tell he was a player."

It is Brandon's hope that he will still get to play at Arkansas with his older brother Freddie, who signed with Arkansas in 2004 and then again in 2006, but was unable to get his academic eligible either time.

"I know he took a lot of stuff this summer trying to get everything done and just got overloaded," Brandon said. "I haven't talked to him about things and what he is going to do now, but I sure would like it if he could be there when I get to Arkansas."

Betty Larry, the Barnetts' mom, said that Freddie is indeed working on his remaining course in an attempt to get to Arkansas in January and have two years left.

"That's what he is doing and what he is hoping for," Mrs. Larry said. "Hopefully it will work out."

The younger Barnett would love to be in Fayetteville on Saturday night, but has a game against Fort Scott.

"What I really would like to be doing is playing in that game and help the Razorbacks win, but I've got to take this step and do well now and then I can do that," Barnett said. "I do think Arkansas has a great shot to win."

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