The Altus Bulldog football team spent Thursday morning tightening up the flexbone offense on the final day of the tune-up camp with Harding University coaches Kenny Wheaton and Kevin Chism.
While most of the first day of the camp was spent on the fundamentals, the players were able to dig in and get more in-depth training with the Wheaton System.
Wheaton’s Every Day Drills — or EDD’s — are drills that players perform in practice and are movements that Wheaton has spent more than 36 years refining so that players will be in the best possible position to play with speed and accuracy.
The camp was a fun and educational reunion with Wheaton and the Altus program.
“It was really great to see the Altus kids and coaches again,” Wheaton said. “We had a great camp. The young men worked hard at understanding the concepts of the offense as they strive to improve. As always, we are appreciative of how the football staff dotes on their players and the hospitality and respect shown by everyone involved. It is a long trip out here for us, but we always enjoy being around the coaches and players that are part of the brotherhood. Go Bulldogs.”
One of the key things the players learned was to own their position. It is a concept that if all the coaches are not at practice, the players could carry on perfectly with the in-depth knowledge they now have at their positions.
Throughout the camp, the players would break into groups — some of which contain all 11 players on offense — and run drills. The drills are designed to show players how the fundamentals they have learned can enable them to be successful. It also allows the players to see every game-day scenario they may come across.
All in all, Head Football Coach Todd Vargas said the camp was very successful and at this time does not yet want to focus on championships.
“Our focus is not a state championship and it’s not that we don’t want one, but that we want to focus on us being the best that we can be,” Vargas said. “We are very athletic. I felt camp went extremely well. The kids worked hard. We are all about the process.We know that if we will work hard and focus on the details we will be very successful. Our players and coaches have one goal and that is to make the community of Altus proud. We will do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.”
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.