Bandys’ David Barrow will step into an important role this season. The Trojans junior quarterback is taking over in 2010 for graduated QB Kyle Houser, who set the school’s passing record last year and was named the Catawba Valley 2A’s best offensive player as a senior.
“Kyle left some big shoes to fill, but I will do my best and do what I can to help the team,” Barrow said. “I guess I’m a little bit nervous, but I’m prepared. I’m ready because I have a good solid team around me and good coaching staff.”
The junior starting quarterback started the last two seasons on the JV team, and he dressed out Friday nights last season with the varsity team. He saw limited action in late-game situations during blow out victories. Barrow said he used the game experience to adjust to the faster pace of the varsity game and the larger size of its players. He also practiced last season with the varsity and JV squads.
“David is coming into a tough situation this year in that we are young everywhere,” Bandys coach Randy Lowman said. “He’s doing a good job and picking up everything we expect of him. He’s coming along fine, and I expect him to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I really do.”
The Trojans are inexperienced almost across the board. They only return three starters on offense and four overall. Senior Dylan King started in 2009 for the Trojans as a wide receiver and defensive back. Lowman said an ideal situation for an incoming quarterback is a roster loaded with experience so he can just “direct traffic.”
To make the transition easier, Barrow worked this summer in the weight room and got stronger, and he worked with the receivers on the timing of the Trojans’ offense. Lowman said Barrow also skipped a season of baseball to put his time and effort solely toward football. It also kept him from different throwing motions in the two sports.
“I think all the little things he’s done will help him,” Lowman said. “It’s hard to sit here and predict what will happen. I know David’s mindset and maturity level, but I expect him to be fine.”