New Trier holding auditions for starting quarterback
New Trier's Devin Boehm follow the blocks of teammate Adam Neuses at ETHS on October 14. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 6, 2012 6:42AM
WHEATON — Devin Boehm did his best to be diplomatic about New Trier’s strange situation this summer.
Trevians coach Dan Starkey is trying out six quarterbacks for this season, and each is getting an equal opportunity to show what he can do.
“It’s different,” said Boehm, an incoming senior wide receiver. “But you deal with what you have. We will go with whichever one gives us the best chance to win games.”
Seniors Nick Hendricks and Michael Welch and junior Frank Nicholas took turns at Wheaton Warrenville South’s 7-on-7 tournament last week. Juniors Mark Snyder, Matt McCaffrey and Montgomery Nicholas are the other three in the running for the job.
“It’s wide open,” Starkey said. “We are evaluating them every day. They are kids that also can play other positions, so we are trying to figure out where the pieces fit best.
“Obviously, quarterback is a key position that we need to figure out.”
Boehm is one of the few varsity veterans back with starting experience. He likes what he sees so far from a program that’s been to the playoffs nine years in a row but hasn’t won a postseason game since 2006.
“It’s been a really good environment,” he said. “It’s been a good offseason. This is a team game, so we need contributions from everybody. We need everybody to chip in for us to successful.”
Also a baseball player, Boehm is focusing on football this summer because his right shoulder remains sore from when he dislocated it during the spring. He wore a brace at the tournament.
“No baseball yet because I can’t throw,” he said.
But football seems to be Boehm’s future. He’s already been to camps at Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana and Boston College.
“I’d like to continue with football, and I am looking at my options right now,” he said.
Starkey said last week’s passing tournament was a great way to see how the Trevians measured up against some of the state’s best teams.
“We want to learn how to play at a high level, and we want to continue to improve,” Starkey said. “We want to improve our football IQ.”