WABASH — In the first game of the Churubusco Eagles’ 2017 football season the team defeated Whitko 56-0. The game was pretty uneventful except for one thing. Churubusco senior running back Garrett Horn broke free up the middle for a long run. As Horn was tackled, he broke his leg, ending his senior season.
The injury didn’t end Horn’s career as he is completing his first season on the Wabash College football team.
As with any injury, Horn had some doubts if he would ever play football again. But, he soon realized he could get back on the field and still fulfill his dream of playing in college.
“There were some doubts right after surgery,” Horn said. “But I talked to my parents and coaches and felt better.”
Horn recovered from the injury with screws in his ankle and near his knee. But the pain and swelling are gone. As Horn stepped on to the field for Wabash, he was not only returning from an injury but also adjusting to a new position.
As a running back in high school, Horn said his responsibilities were easy. He got the ball on a hand-off and tried to run over defenders on his way to the end zone. In college, though, Horn has transitioned to playing tight end. He has been on the Red Team, which is the junior varsity squad for Wabash for the four reserve games and is now hoping to stand out enough in practice to earn some playing time.
Horn said he is the first one to volunteer during practices to run plays on the scout team and he is also watching as much film as possible.
“My role is getting the varsity team ready for Saturday,” Horn said.
Horn is also learning how to run pass routes and adjust to the differences between playing against high school players and college players.
“The physicality of the game is so different,” Horn said. “I’m playing against grown men. After a few practices, you learn and it motivates you to work harder.”
Horn is still undecided about his major at Wabash. He is going to continue to take his general education classes before making a decision next year. As for now, Horn is glad he chose Wabash, as the small campus in Crawfordsville allows him to get to know more of his classmates.