Kempt practices at the Barton Camp

What does a guy who has a full-ride scholarship to play football next year at the University of Oregon do on a Sunday in March? If you are Cody Kempt, you attend the Greg Barton Football Camp at Portland Community College and practice passing. Attending a Barton camp isn't anything new for Kempt. He's been doing so since the 7th grade.

The camp provides Kempt an opportunity to continue practicing his techniques and also is a chance to practice his leadership skills particularly when dealing with some of the younger players.

"This camp has really helped me tremendously," Kempt said of the Barton Football Camp. "My football knowledge has really been expanded."

Kempt was among nearly 200 youngsters attending the all-day session held at PCC's Sylvania Campus in Southwest Portland. Quarterbacks who are still in the 6th grade to varsity high school seniors go through a number of drills and meetings that will help them when they go back to the practice field next fall. Kempt, of course is one of the celebrities of the camp, especially for some of the younger players that look up to him for guidance for such things as throwing a good spiral to how to talk to a coach. Greg Barton runs the camp, which was formerly known as Air Attack and has such distinguished alumnus as Kellen Clemens and Erik Ainge.

"Greg Barton and his staff have helped me so much," said Kempt.

Have any of the younger players at the Barton camp made an impression on Kempt? Kempt has been impressed with quarterbacks Nick Green, Central Catholic High School, Jake Gilakoska, Jackson High School (Seattle), Tom Farinacci, Southridge High School and Farinacci's teammate wide receiver Marcus Mathews. Westview beat Southridge last fall 16-6. Mathews, 6-5, 200 pounds is one of the top players in the 2007 class and already has an offer from BYU.

What has Kempt been doing since he made his formal commitment to Oregon on February 1st? He's kept busy following his former basketball teammates, who advanced in the Oregon 4A Boys' Basketball playoff on Saturday when Westview beat Franklin 64-63. Kempt gave up basketball when he decided to pursue a college football career but he will play baseball for Westview in a couple of weeks. In fact, Kempt's team will face Barlow and fellow Duck commit Bo Thran during the baseball season. Cody may use those opportunities to get to know Thran a bit better and perhaps introduce Thran to the idea of rooming together in Eugene. After all, who better for a quarterback to have as a buddy than a big offensive lineman?

Kempt is a pitcher and first baseman in baseball, but if he were to pursue a baseball career, he would be projected as an outfielder in a Major League Baseball draft. Does he have any aspirations of a career in baseball? For now Kempt is entirely focused on football for his future and Kempt is anxious to walk out on the practice field this August as a Duck.

Kempt's eyes lit up when he started talking about the speedy, tall receivers he will be throwing the ball to this fall. The thought of throwing a long spiral to Cameron Colvin or Jordan Kent is very exciting for Kempt and until then he will spend his Sundays practicing throwing spirals at the Barton Football Camp.

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