JENKS — As Jenks coach Allan Trimble watched Trey'Vonne Barr'e grow up as a football player from junior high to the varsity level, the coach saw the potential for a dynamic utility player.
He saw Barr'e, now 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, as a dangerous weapon who could play running back, slot receiver and kick returner, and be a threat to score every time he touched the ball.
Instead, Barr'e became the leading rusher in Jenks history.
On a list of running backs that includes dominant performances from the likes of Rocky Calmus, Kejuan Jones, Chris Adkins, Zach Langer, Alex Ross and several in between, Barr'e has topped them all.
He finished with 4,752 career yards after posting 2,229 yards and 30 touchdowns on 230 carries in 2012 to earn The Oklahoman's Offensive Player of the Year honor.
To be the career rushing leader at Jenks holds a profound meaning to Barr'e.
“It's special,” he said. “There's a lot of great running backs that have come through Jenks, so for me to do that is big to me.”
Barr'e's durability and big-play talent helped him pile up yards, even though he only got the chance to be the Trojans' featured back for a full season in his senior year.
“We haven't done the research yet, so we don't know exactly how many carries it took him to break the record, but we think that it's not as many as the rest of them,” Trimble said. “He's not very big, but he's so strong and well-developed, he doesn't get hurt very often. He gets nicked up, but he never misses a game.”
Barr'e averaged 9.7 yards per carry as a senior, powering Jenks' offensive attack that peaked late in the season and helped carry the Trojans to their first state title since 2007.
“That was everything we expected and more,” Barr'e said of the championship. “We had been working hard all summer, and to finally go out and bring the gold ball back to Jenks was a great feeling and a great honor.”
Trimble points to one quality that has allowed Barr'e to separate himself from other outstanding Jenks runners.
“What Trey'Vonne does probably better than any of our other guys is when we got him into the second level, he could really make the first guy miss,” the coach said. “The first guy rarely ever got him. Our running backs coach really emphasized that with him, explaining that in this certain play, if things go like we plan, this is the guy that could tackle you. He has an unbelievable knack for making that guy miss.”
Barr'e's recruiting remains up in the air as he tries to get his academics in line to qualify at a Division I program.
“We're hoping for some academic progress, and he's got some work to do, but we've had a lot of good programs asking about him,” Trimble said. “He might not be big enough to be an every-down back at the biggest level, but he's an every-down guy somewhere on the field.
“He can play inside receiver, run the screens out of the backfield. He's a kick returner, punt returner. He's really diverse, and I think that'll make him a really marketable player at the next level.”