Jenks RB Barr'e named Tulsa World football player of year
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
12/25/12 at 4:24 AM
JENKS - Jenks tailback Trey'Vonne Barr'e changed his uniform number from 33 to 5 before starting his senior season.
Barr'e had a lot of success with his previous number as he rushed for 2,110 yards and had 24 touchdowns as a junior. But he made the switch to honor his father, Corky.
"I dedicated my senior season to him," Barr'e said. "I chose 5 because he died when I was 5."
Barr'e honored his father with a performance in 2012 that earned him the Tulsa World's All-State Player of the Year Award. He is the first Jenks player to receive that award since Mark Ginther in 2007.
Barr'e was Class 6A's top rusher with 2,237 yards and scorer with 32 touchdowns as he helped lead the Trojans to their first state title since '07.
But the number change wasn't the only thing different that Barr'e did for his senior season.
"He had a great career and a great season," said Jenks' Allan Trimble, who was selected as the World's All-State Coach of the Year for a record fourth time. "But I think he really turned the corner maturity-wise with his offseason training. He started in January a year ago and really committed himself.
"Trey'Vonne put on some good weight and good conditioning. He really came into camp this year strong and conditioned. His junior season took a toll on him. He was beat up pretty good. He runs bigger than he is. He never dodges contact. This year his ability to play strong down the stretch really stood out because of his offseason training. It really paid off and kept him healthy. He got nicked up a few times, but never missed a game."
Barr'e, who is 5-foot-8 1/2 and 174 pounds, suffered a minor hyperextended knee in a loss to DeSoto (Texas) in Week 2. With the Trojans off to their first 0-2 start since 1986, Barr'e played the following week and led the way with 143 rushing yards and two TDs in a win over 6A semifinalist Owasso.
Barr'e also played with a groin injury in the second half of the 6A state final. On that night, he ended his high school career with his most impressive performance as he rushed for 290 yards and three TDs in a 55-20 win over Norman North. He rushed for 763 yards over his last three games.
"He's one of the best players that ever went to Jenks," said Jenks all-state offensive tackle Brandon Waggoner. "He was very fun to block for and made our job a lot easier."
His teammates also noticed a difference with the approach Barr'e took this season.
"You could tell with his work on the field with us," Jenks quarterback Kyle Alexander said. "He was stronger and faster and in better shape.
"He's not the most talkative player, but you could tell he wanted to do everything he could to help us win."
And that included contributing as a cornerback in special situations.
"I love playing DB," Barr'e said, "I'm a rugby player, so I love contact. I like to be on the field whenever I can."
Barr'e had eight tackles, including seven solos, and three pass breakups. He had a key pass deflection late in the first half of a Week 6 victory over Broken Arrow in a showdown for the District 6A-2 title.
"We knew we had to create some depth and competition at corner," Trimble said. "We didn't practice him a lot on defense, but we did enough so he could come in and play some man-to-man, and it paid huge dividends in the Broken Arrow game. It was neat that he embraced it. When we would give him 15 minutes in practice, he would work really hard at it.
"I think it created a great deal of unity with our team. He was playing both sides of the ball; many of our kids were. I think it brought the kids together; they were all in it trying to win, and I think that epitomizes Trey'Vonne's attitude this year. He wanted to win."
Barr'e finishes his high school career as Jenks' career rushing leader with 4,721 yards, surpassing Chris Adkins, who was the 2007 Metro co-player of the year.
"Of all the backs we've had, Chris Adkins probably reminds me the most of Trey," Trimble said. "Trey probably has a little bit better speed, but both he and Chris have that thing you can't coach - they always know where to hit the play. They always make you right, it's instinctive. Both have great vision, are very explosive and can catch the ball.
"And both are good pass protectors. Trey picked up three or four blitzes in the (title) game on big plays, one time on (OU commit linebacker Jordan) Evans. That's maturity because it's not that much fun to step up and block a 225-pound linebacker. Trey did a super job."
Barr'e wants to play major-college football. But the schools showing the strongest interest in him are Northeastern A&M, Iowa Western, Central Oklahoma and Pittsburg State.
"Recruiting is going all right, although it's not going exactly how I wanted it to, but I am OK with wherever God takes me," Barr'e said. "It might be best for me to go to a junior college to get bigger and stronger.
"I've tried to apply myself more (in the classroom) and started to realize how important school was and how much I needed an education. I picked it up, and my senior year I have been really working hard."
Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital sees a bright future for Barr'e.
"He is amazing and can do some unbelievable things," Spavital said. "He has speed and an uncanny instinct for the game. He had a major impact in every game, especially our game. He was the biggest threat we faced all year."
TREY'VONNE BARR'E BY THE NUMBERS
Rushing yards this season
Touchdowns this season
Average yards per carry in 2012
Rushing yards the last 3 games of '12
Career rushing yards, a Jenks record
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Trey'Vonne Barr'e is Jenks' first state player of the year since 2007, and Allan Trimble is coach of the year for a record fourth time. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
Trey'Vonne Barr'e rushed for 290 yards in the state championship game against Norman North. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
Trey'Vonne Barr'e holds up the Class 6A championship trophy after Jenks beat Norman North. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World