Wednesday’s spring football practice for Oregon running back Kenjon Barner is the first of many endings in Barner’s brilliant career. As will Saturday’s annual spring football game in Autzen Stadium.
Barner couldn’t help but be a bit reflective after walking out of the Autzen Stadium tunnel on Wednesday knowing it was his very last spring football practice as a member of the Oregon Ducks. “It’s been a long ride” said Barner in his post practice interview with the media. “It’s crazy to think that at this time next year I won’t be here. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed it.”
Saturday’s spring game will also be Barner’s last of his college career. Barner heads into Saturday’s game as the marquee running back and heir-apparent of that position from LaMichael James who is off to the NFL. Although Barner has at least 12 regular season games remaining as a collegian, he’s still aware when he puts on his dark uniform for Saturday’s spring game, it’ll be the last time he’ll have the opportunity to take in the spring atmosphere and enjoy what he’s been part of over the last several years. “I’ll take everything all in” said Barner. “My coach might have to pull me back in a few times just for me to focus or whatnot, but I’ll definitely take it all in and appreciate the time I’ve had here.”
There’s no question players from both the dark and light squards are ready to put on a show for their coaches and the fans,… Barner included. When asked who he was most excited to face on Saturday, Barner said he’s always wanted to go up against LB Kiko Alonso, however that’s not going to happen this year since Alonso and Barner are teammates. Why Alonso? “Cause Kiko smashes everybody” says Barner. “Me and him have never really met in the hole but that would be the perfect time for it.”
Watch Barner’s entire post practice interview above.