Several players from the West Point High School football team traveled to Scooba last week for a three-day lineman camp hosted by East Mississippi Community College.
The Green Wave have been keeping busy all summer lifting weights and doing drills in preparation for another title defense. Head coach Chris Chambless said it’s all about repetition.
“Your practicing three times a day, an hour and a half to two hours,” he explained. “That includes a lot of drill work, conditioning and lifting weights. They got worked pretty hard.”
Junior Ed Brown says he was excited about heading to the camp and brought back more skills to use on the field.
“They taught us hand drills, how to use our speed to our advantage and how to use different parts of our arms to get around people,” he said. “I thought I was more of a strength guy, but when I got to the camp I had use my speed and hands.”
For senior left tackle Carson Miller, it was just like going through the motions.
“We do all that here, every week,” he said.
Players and coaches still have a few more camps lined up this month, including one Saturday at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Ole Miss. The Green Wave have been marking down the days on their calendars to August 1, the first official start of the football season.
Chambless said it’s going to be an easy transition for the players as the season opener draws near.
“We lift weights year round, even during the season and we condition,” he said. “We’ve doing 7-on-7, and a lot of drill work. Nothing is going to be new to them on the first day.”
The only change for the players right now is they will be in more of a routine and on schedule with everything. The summer can usually be a headache for coaches, with players working, taking classes or going on vacations. But Chambless says the turn out has been tremendous.
“It’s hard sometimes during the summer to get everybody at the same time,” he said. “But we’ve had a great turnout, about 60-70 high school kids a day come through here. And we’ve had a great participation from the junior high. It’s been unbelievable. That says a lot of dedication from the kids, the parents and community.”
West Point kicks off the 2011 season with another Mississippi power in South Panola. The buzz in the locker room is filled with excitement for the players who cant wait to get the ball rolling.
“That’s all they talk about, they can’t wait to get the pads on,” Chambless said. “But you always have to remind them what they have to do first.”