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‘Dream come true’: Barrington brothers savoring opportunity to play together, face ‘hometown’ team

Clark and Campbell Barrington’s parents were student-athletes at the University of Arizona, but somehow the brothers ended up at BYU — and are loving it

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BYU offensive lineman Clark Barrington (56) prepares to block during game against Boise State in Boise, Idaho, in 2020.

BYU offensive lineman Clark Barrington (56) prepares to pass block during game against Boise State in Boise, Idaho, in 2020. Clark’s brother Campbell is also an offensive lineman for the Cougars.

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Although BYU offensive linemen Clark and Campbell Barrington are 18 months apart, a lot of people ask them if they are twins.

That’s understandable, considering the brothers do look a little bit alike and are both 6-foot-6 and about 300 pounds apiece.

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They have also done many of the same things, such as serve missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints upon graduating from University High in the Spokane, Washington, area. Clark went to Uganda and younger brother Campbell went to Mexico.

Both got married not too long after arriving at BYU — Clark to BYU softball player Brooke Hill in June 2020 and Campbell to high school sweetheart Hannah Click last March — and both moved into starting roles on the Cougars’ offensive line relatively early in their careers.

“Growing up, we have been best friends,” Campbell, a true freshman who has started the last three games at right tackle after Harris LaChance sustained a lower-leg injury in the win over South Florida. “We have done everything together, played on the same teams. I have literally grown up following his footsteps.”

LaChance started practicing again this week, according to offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick, but there’s still the chance that the Barrington brothers — Clark has started at left guard all seven games — will both be in the starting lineup Saturday when 5-2 BYU plays at 4-3 Washington State at Martin Stadium (1:30 p.m. MDT, FS1) in Pullman, Washington.

Pullman is about 75 miles south of Spokane.

“Being able to go back there and play near our hometown, and play with my brother again, is a dream come true,” Campbell said.

“Growing up, we have been best friends. We have done everything together, played on the same teams. I have literally grown up following his footsteps.” — BYU offensive lineman Campbell Barrington

Even though their parents — Shawn and Jacque Clark Barrington — moved to Orem in 2019, the brothers expect to have up to 50 friends and family members at the game as the Cougars who wear blue will try to break their two-game losing skid against the Cougars who wear crimson.

“It is a good time, playing with my brother,” Clark said. “It is something that doesn’t come around very often at this level, and so I am just loving every minute of it and just trying to embrace all of it when we get to play out there on the field together.”

There are three sets of brothers on BYU’s team, and all six players see significant playing time. Most BYU fans already know that receivers Puka and Samson Nacua are brothers, as are quarterback Baylor Romney and receiver Gunner Romney.

“When we got our new locker room I looked across the way and I saw Campbell and Clark right there and then we have Baylor and Gunner right next to me and Samson,” Puka said. “It is so dope. It is a brotherhood already within the team, and in our locker room, and to have my actual blood brother here is so cool. He probably changed my diapers, so it is super cool.”

Clark never changed Campbell’s britches, but he can empathize with what his younger brother is going through, getting thrown into the fire so quickly. Campbell — he’s not sure where his unique first name comes from, surmising only that “my parents just liked it, for some reason” — returned from his mission in 2020 but sustained an injury and grayshirted last year while the Cougars were going 11-1.

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BYU offensive lineman Campbell Barrington. His brother Clark also starts on the O-line for the Cougars.

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“There is always a learning curve, going from high school to a mission and then coming in and playing big-time ball,” Clark said. “I feel like he has done a great job performing well and handling it, and playing physical and fast. He will go in there and give it his all and do everything that he can do to help us win.”

Said Campbell, who was a three-star recruit after playing on both sides of the ball in high school: “I think I’ve done all right. I have had my ups and downs and am still figuring things out.”

While the brothers grew up dreaming of playing college ball together, they never dreamed of playing at BYU, like a lot of members of the church do.

Their parents grew up in Cheney, Washington, which is 17 miles away from Spokane and home to Eastern Washington University. Both were outstanding high school athletes, too.

They both attended the University of Arizona, Shawn as a starting left-handed pitcher on the Wildcats’ baseball team and Jacque the starting center on Arizona’s 1997 WNIT championship team. They moved to Spokane after graduating and Shawn began a career as a medical sales rep.

“Honestly, a big part of me coming to BYU was wanting to play with Clark again. When he (signed), I really had to start thinking more about it. We weren’t originally planning on coming here, but it has been a blessing.” — BYU offensive lineman Campbell Barrington

Arizona lightly recruited the brothers, but after Clark committed to and then signed with BYU, Campbell was pretty much headed there, too.

“Honestly, a big part of me coming to BYU was wanting to play with Clark again,” Campbell said. “When he (signed), I really had to start thinking more about it. We weren’t originally planning on coming here, but it has been a blessing to be here and it has worked out super great.”

How did the parents take it?

“I mean, we were always interested in Arizona, growing up and watching them and everything,” Campbell said. “But mom and dad just wanted us to do what was best for us.”

Their younger sister, Kinsley Barrington, graduated from Timpview High and is now playing basketball at Southern Utah University, where she averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year as a 6-1 freshman forward for the T’Birds.

Youngest brother Corbin Barrington plays receiver and tight end at Timpview.

Campbell said it is fun having a brother to joke around with, but also receive tips from.

“Like today at practice, we were running a play and he ended up bringing his guy all the way to my side and ran him into my back,” Campbell said. “We were like (teasing him), saying, ‘Hey man, what the heck?’ We will joke around a little, but it is all good.”

Head coach Kalani Sitake, who also had a brother on the team when he played for BYU in the 1990s, said all three sets of brothers “treat the whole team like family because they have family on the team.”

“It’s really contagious, the way the Barringtons treat each other,” Sitake said. “But they are hard on each other, too. Mostly because Clark is the older one, he expects a lot from Campbell. But you can see the way they lead, the way they treat each other, that also extends to their teammates.

“There is that love and appreciation for each other,” he continued. “And they also get after each other.

“I am hoping they get that done this week, that we can figure out some things and challenge their teammates. As coaches, we need to see improved play, especially out of the linemen.”