Colin Dunmore likes to compete at more than just football.
The fifth grader is a member of the Chess club at J.J. Finley Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., and he uses his board skills on the football field.
“Playing quarterback, it feels like a chess match,” Dunmore said. As for opposing football defenses, “I like to try to pick them apart like I do during a chess match.”
Playing QB for the 10u Buffalo Stampeders in Villages, Fla., this season, Dunmore guided his team to an undefeated regular season, which ended with a loss in the first round of the playoffs. “I was happiest joining the team this year and working hard to go from only one win the previous year to an undefeated season this year,” he said. “Personally, I was happiest with the accuracy and consistency of my passes.”
While keeping his focus on the Stampeders’ overall performance, Dunmore averaged 2 touchdown passes per game. “The goal was to be the best quarterback in the conference by completing more passes than anyone else,” he said. “I also wanted to develop the ability to read defenses better than any other QB in the league.”
Aided by his strong chess prowess, Dunmore met those goals in his fifth overall season as a quarterback. “What I like most about playing QB is being the leader on the field and being able to control the game with my ability to throw the ball,” he said. “Throwing the ball is really exciting for me.”
Reading defenses and making accurate throws are already a strong part of Dunmore’s game. “I’m working to improve my speed,” he said. “I also want to get better at tucking the ball away and running in certain situations.”
Dunmore is still a young QB, but he already has an impressive track record and is sure to shore up any shortcomings moving forward.
Training with QBA the last three years has aided Dunmore’s early success. “QBA has helped me to improve my throwing mechanics,” he said. “They’ve also helped me complete passes under pressure.”
Earlier this year, Dunmore received his first Duel invitation after attending a QBA camp in Orlando. He finished fourth at the showcase event held in Atlanta.
“I was very proud of my success at the Duel,” Dunmore said. “It really boosted my confidence for this season.”