NEW HAVEN — Former Southington High All-Stater Steve Barmore remains in a protracted battle for the starting quarterback position at Yale.
“We have four very good players batting it out,” head coach Tony Reno said this week.
The road to the Bulldogs’ command post has been indirect for Barmore.
“I got moved to running back my sophomore season, just because we had a lack of depth,” said the 6-foot-2, 204-pound junior who guided Southington to the Class LL state title in 2013. “I was not very good, but we had nobody. I asked to be switched back last spring, so I had a little bit of work to do. I was getting my timing down, but there were three of us playing pretty well. There’s no clear-cut starter.”
Only Rafe Chapple, a junior from Atlanta, has thrown a pass in varsity competition (5-for-11). Sophomore Tre Moore and freshman Kurt Rawlings are also getting preseason snaps. Each is looking to replace their record-breaking predecessor Morgan Roberts.
Yale (6-4 last year) has scrimmages the next two weekends before hosting Colgate in the Sept. 17 Ivy League opener.
“Coach Reno has said that he doesn’t think any one of us has come out and taken the job over,” Barmore said. “While that’s not optimal for me, I’ll keep grinding away and hope for the best.”
Barmore’s challenges are just as posing in the classroom as they are on the field, but his pursuit of a degree in “cognitive science with a concentration in consumerism” is as challenging as it sounds. The highest levels of intelligence run through every facet of the Ivy League experience.
“Everybody here is smart, especially on the football team,” he said. “Everybody has a good work ethic. You have to have a good work ethic so you can manage your time effectively. It’s not that hard if you’re able to prioritize things. There are times for football, times for school and times for sleep. If you allot enough time for each task, you’ll be fine.”
While fastidiousness is standard procedure among Yale students, Barmore’s effort has captured Reno’s attention.
“He is a great teammate and a really emoji player to coach,” Reno said. “Steven has done a great job putting himself in position to compete for the job. He has trained incredibly hard in our sports performance program and also worked to improve his technique.”
Barmore wants to enter the realm of advertising and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry upon graduation. He did an internship at Protein Sciences in Meriden to help the company market its flu vaccine. He also spent time at the Department of Consumer Protection in Hartford.
“It was definitely a productive summer,” he said.
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