Mr. Versatile Athlete: Jerome Barbour Has Changed Position Twice, But Continues To Contribute

Making a position switch is difficult at the college level, but to make two is a challenge. Senior defensive lineman Jerome Barbour tackled that challenge and has found ways to contribute, now tackling the opposition in much the same way. “It is tough to switch and learn a new position, but he has embraced it and learned,” said USU defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a. After playing tight end his first two seasons at Utah State, Barbour made the switch to linebacker. The move coincided with the arrival of head coach Gary Andersen and his staff, to utilize Barbour’s size and speed on defense. Barbour later moved again, this time to defensive line. The moving shows his versatility and athleticism, as well as showcasing his willingness to do what he can to help the team. “He has been a good addition to the defensive line and he brings a lot of athleticism,” said Kauha’aha’a. After red shirting his first year at Utah State, Barbour saw action in 10 games in 2007 as he caught seven passes for 54 yards. During the Hawai’i game Barbour caught a season-high four passes for 36 yards, and added another multi-catch game at Wyoming by recording two catches. Barbour started five games and saw action in all 12 games his sophomore season of 2008. The season opened on a high-note with Barbour matching his career-high of four catches in the season-opener against UNLV. In the game versus Boise State, Barbour recorded a career-high 70 receiving yards, and had a 51-yard touchdown catch. He added another multi-catch game at Oregon with three catches for 26 yards. In 2009, Barbour made the move to defense and played in six games. His best performance came against Southern Utah when he recorded three tackles, including a sack. Multi-tackle games also came against BYU and Idaho with Barbour recording two stops in each game. In addition to changing position, Barbour has also changed jersey numbers, switching from No. 26 last season to No. 45 this year. Barbour is a native of Fort Leonard, Mo., and has three sisters. His hobbies include eating, sleeping, and weight lifting, and he is currently pursuing a degree interdisciplinary studies, and is expected to graduate next fall. So far this season, Barbour has made five tackles (two solo, three assists). In both the Oklahoma and San Diego State games, Barbour recorded two tackles. Barbour has shown his versatility by playing linebacker and defensive line. Along with contributing with his play, Barbour has brought leadership to the Aggie defense. “He works really hard in practice, and gives you his all during games,” said Kauha’aha’a. “He brings leadership to the young guys and leads by example.” Whether playing linebacker or defensive line, the Aggies can always expect great effort and veteran leadership from Barbour.

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