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University’s Barnhart puts knee injury behind

Created on:   Wed, Nov 15, 2017   9:39 PM

Last modified:   Wed, Nov 15, 2017   9:39 PM

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MORGANTOWN — Things looked bleak for the rest of Trevor Barnhart’s senior season after Week 6.

“At first, the radiologist report came back and they thought it was an ACL, meniscus and LCL,” Barnhart said of his injury. He hurt the knee in Week 5, against Fairmont Senior, but decided to try to play on it during the Hawks’ next game.

“I played through it Week 6, and the next day after the game, I could not straighten my knee at all,” Barnhart said. “I took that week off and went and got an MRI. I got those results back Week 8.”

Barnhart said the original diagnosis was a bit shocking, considering how easily he played on the injury the following week.

“It was frustrating,” Barnhart said. “If you think about it, I had already played on it Week 6. I played and, you know, did my thing, and the next week, they’re telling me I might have torn my ACL and meniscus, and they’re telling me I might be out for the rest of the year.”

Barnhart sought other doctors’ opinion’s, however, and was relieved to discover that he did not actually suffer any ligament damage — a pulled hamstring and high ankle sprain were the worst damage done.

“God’s good, and it wasn’t that bad,” he said.

After finding out the full extent of the injury, Barnhart started on the road to proper treatment and recovery.

“I just had to stay off it, and whenever I’m here putting in work, a lot of physical therapy,” Barnhart said. “It’s a weird hamstring injury, because it’s right where it connects in my knee.”

Barnhart recuperated well, and made his return to the field Nov. 10, against Spring Mills, in the first round of the WVSSAC Class AAA state playoffs.

“First kickoff, I just went down there and tried to hit someone as hard as I could,” Barnhart said of his mind set upon returning. “The way I play the game, I can’t play passive. This isn’t a passive game. I came back full-fledged, playing as hard as I could.”

Barnhart said his return adds depth to the team, which he believes helps the team to perform better and go deeper in the postseason.

“It’s always good to have depth,” Barnhart said. “I feel like we have a pretty deep three at linebacker and running back. We’re all pretty talented.”

Barnhart took the field by storm in his first game back, recording nine total tackles and running for two touchdowns in UHS’s 37-7 victory.

Barnhart, despite playing only seven of 11 games this fall, is fourth on the team in tackles, with 56 total, including 25 solo. He’s also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

On offense, Barnhart has racked up 522 yards on 87 carries, and paces the Hawks’ run game with 13 total touchdowns. He’s added seven catches for 94 yards.