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Shepherd’s Barmoy excels in classroom and on the field

By Staff | Sep 2, 2016

About the only time Shepherd’s Nick Barmoy would be noticed during Rams’ football games is if he made a mistake. But Barmoy hasn’t made any glaring, out-in-the-open mistakes as yet. And so he isn’t noticed. And that is a good thing.

Barmoy is Shepherd’s superb-on-the-field, superb-in-the-classroom long snapper.

Long snapper’s can cost their teams games. A too-high snap causes a place kick or punt to be blocked. A too-low snap can’t always be caught or handled by the holder . . . again resulting in a blocked attempt or a missed kick. Blocked punts go for touchdowns the other way. Blocked extra points are returned for two points by opponents. High snaps or those with a noticeable arc on punts can get blocked as well. Shepherd punts in 2015 were consistent in one way — every Barmoy snap was on-line, had some needed zest to it and was the correct distance off the ground.

Barmoy was almost flawless last season when Shepherd ran off to a 13-1 overall record and reached the national championship game before ever falling.

This will be Barmoy’s fourth year in school. He was redshirted in his first year on campus and could have two more years of eligibility left as a college football player.

But Barmoy is such an excellent student that he will graduate in four years and is likely to pass up his fourth year on the field unless he were to enter graduate school at Shepherd and then compete as a graduate student.

When scanning Barmoy’s academic achievements as a sports marketing major with one of his minors being in business administration, there are five semesters when he was on the Dean’s List. Barmoy’s cumulative grade point average is 3.84.

At Shepherd, he is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Class Scholarship recipient in his freshman and sophomore years.

After Shepherd’s sensational run through the 2015 season, Barmoy was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District honor roll.

At 5-foot-10, 212 pounds he is not big enough to entertain any realistic thoughts about playing professional football in the NFL.

Last year was Barmoy’s first year as a starter. He had played in only three games in 2014 after taking a redshirt season his first year on campus.

With Shepherd expected to average better than 30 points a game again this season, Barmoy will have plenty of opportunity to go unrecognized again because of his accurate snaps.