He will be one of the most electrifying players in the L-L League this season.
But Jose Barbon is going to need some help from his Conestoga Valley teammates.
Barbon, the Bucks’ standout, cat-quick senior wideout/DB/return specialist had a memorable 2016 season: He caught 64 passes for 925 yards and seven touchdowns. He had more than 500 yards in punt and kickoff returns. He had six interceptions. And he returned a kickoff and a pick for scores.
Barbon, the reigning Section One Wide Receiver of the Year, is a special talent, hence the seven athletic scholarship offers he has tucked away neatly into his back pocket heading into this season.
And this: Earlier this summer, at a camp at Penn State, Barbon clocked a 4.3 and back-to-back 4.4’s in the 40-yard dash in front of Nittany Lions’ coach James Franklin. So CV’s burner is on Penn State’s radar.
As mentioned, Barbon is sure to be a marked man in the coming weeks — name a coverage, he’ll likely see it — so he’s going to need help if coach Gerad Novak and his Bucks want to improve on last year’s 4-6 mark. This is also CV’s last go-round in Section One before shuffling back down to Section Two next fall, so the Bucks would love to leave their mark on the way out.
They’ll have to do it with a new-look O line; just C Tyler Oakley and OG Chris Dietrich return in the trenches. Newbie QB Tanner Schwilk will love throwing to Barbon — and holdovers Gavin Honing and Tyre Stead, another flank burner — but the Bucks can’t afford to get one-dimensional. So running backs like Xavier Lopez, Addison Stauffer, Yozeph Bencosme and Keegan Martin have to get acclimated in CV’s 1-back, spread scheme.
CV returns just seven starters total, so there could be some growing pains in Witmer. But the constant should be Barbon, who is worth the price of admission.
Novak and his Bucks were on the practice field Wednesday afternoon for the third day of training camp. Here are some highlights from that session …
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