Norman North football: Gabe Trevillison could become more than contributor on offense

Joe Buettner / The Transcript

Norman North running back Gabe Trevillison watches as his teammates go through practice on Day 1 of fall camp Monday, August 12, 2019, at Norman North High School.

One player stood as his teammates funneled off and on Norman North’s practice field.

Junior running back Gabe Trevillison held his helmet and spent a portion of the Timberwolves’ first fall camp practice on Monday as a bystander.

Trevillison isn’t hurt — he donned shorts and a jersey like everyone else. North’s coaches wanted him to pay attention, however, to the defense.

“Gabe's been a full-time offensive starter,” said North coach Justin Jones. “We've decided just for our depth that we're going to unlock him. He's still primarily an offensive player. But when we were in defensive practice, we wanted him watching. So we're going to start probably here in about three days, we'll start incorporating him on the defensive side in certain packages.”

The Timberwolves only return four defensive starters from last season, so it makes sense to inject the athletic Trevillison into the rotation.

Although, having Trevillison back, in general, is positive for North.

The 5-foot-10 tailback broke two parts of his collarbone during North’s Week 4 clash with Mustang last season.

Trevillison was forced to undergo surgery and admitted it was hard to watch the rest of the team's 2018 campaign from afar.

“I've never been out for like a whole season,” Trevillison said. “It was humbling.”

The rehabilitation process has gone well, though, for Trevillison, who will share a backfield with junior quarterback Jackson Remualdo and senior running back Blaine Martin.

While North is experimenting with Trevillison as a defensive option, Jones still plans to utilize Trevillison and Martin on the field together on offense as often as he can, he says.

“I think our running back room is in really good shape,” Jones said in June, “with Gabe Trevillison, who missed with injury the majority of the [2018] season and Blaine, Martin, who is a dynamic player.

“And then you've got a couple of young running backs. Brae Alanzo is another one that I think is going to fit that mold and that mix of being really good.”

The senior Martin believes the offense will be better and senses more camaraderie after the Timberwolves went 2-8 a year ago.

“I feel a lot more like family to this team than I did the last team,” he said, “I feel like we're going to produce more than we did last year.”

The senior also has ample respect for his fellow running back Trevillison, who’s impressed him during his recovery through the offseason.

“He lifts like crazy,” Martin said. “[Gives] 110 percent every day. Runs his butt off in summer pride. He's here every morning. He's got it all.”

Trevillison says he feels completely healthy and has for some time.

Now, he's ready to contribute any way he can.

“He spent really all season rehabbing,” Jones said, “but he's bigger and faster than he's ever been, so that’s good for us.”