Hancock's Barnwell can move the chains

After a rash of injuries took out the first and second-string ball-carriers, Allan Hancock head coach Kris Dutra turned to RB Chris Barnwell (5-10, 195) and all he did was total over 600 yards and five touchdowns in five starts showing that he could be one of the best JUCO backs in the Golden State this coming fall...

Barnwell prepped at Savannah (Ga.) Christian Prep and was a non-qualifier. After mulling over his options, he decided to head west, due to the reputation of California JC football as well as the chance to get away from some things in his hometown.

"I just needed to get out of Georgia," Barnwell told JCFootball.com recently. "I just needed to get a fresh start and JC football out here in California is the best."

While holding down the third-string spot for the Bulldogs at the start of the season, when starter Ryan Anglin went down with an injury as well as his backup, Barnwell got the call and didn't let the opportunity pass him by.

"I had over 600 yards and five touchdowns and I started five games," Barnwell said. "I'm mainly a between-the-tackles guy, but I can get outside when I need to.

"I just like getting the ball in my hands and then getting north-south as quickly as possible. I don't like dancing around and that sorta stuff."

Recruiting hasn't really taken off yet for the talented runner, but there is no reason to believe he won't get a lot of attention in May when coaches can come out to visit schools and during the fall if he has anywhere close to the impact he had this past season.

"I'm just excited for the opportunity," Barnwell admitted. "I feel like I could help anyone that gives me a chance. I'm just going to keep working hard and I'll keep improving and hopefully someone will give me a chance."

Barnwell is expected tograduate in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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