Brady coaches teach younger players at summer grid camps

The Brady High School coaching staff is busy this week reacquainting the younger players in the school system with the game of Bulldog football in three separate summer camps. On Tuesday the coaches worked with the 7th grade boys, some 35 of them, going over plays, pass routes and defenses. On Wednesday, the 8th grade boys got the same type of three-hour instruction with about the same number of participants. Head Coach Jay Jones said that on Thursday, the staff drilled the freshman players in the fundamentals. “We are taking care of the small things right now. These are usually things that we handled in the first days of workouts. Hopefully, these camps will give the kids some advance knowledge that will enable us to expand our formal workouts,” he said Wednesday morning. He said the staff was excited about the 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. “All have about the same numbers, and all have good quarterbacks and running backs, plus there are some big kids, too. We are not short on any positions which is generally the situation,” he said. Big things are expected from this group of youngsters, Jones said. The entire football staff, high school and junior high, led the three workouts this week. Jones also announced that Larry Hoelscher, a Mason graduate, has joined the coaching staff this summer. He will be working in football, basketball and track. Jones said that he and his two coordinators, Nathan Headrick (defensive) and Sam Prater (offensive) would attend the Texas High School Coaches Association annual convention on July 31-Aug. 2 in Houston. “Our entire staff was at the three-day San Angelo Coaching Clinic in mid-June. Some 2,000 coaches attended the best clinic in Texas. Among others, we heard Joe Lee Dunn, defensive coordinator at Mississippi State University speak. He had the No. 1 defense in the nation last fall,” Jones said. On Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. the football players in the 7th grade and 9th grades will gather at the BHS gym for physical examinations. “Anyone who is new to the Brady football system or had an injury last fall will also need to be there for an exam,” Jones said. “If you miss this time, you will be responsible for your own physical exam.” Then on Aug. 4, football equipment will be passed out at the field house for high school players with the seniors being first at 5 p.m. They will be followed by the juniors at 6 p.m., sophomores at 7 p.m. and the freshmen at 8 p.m. Two-a-day workouts will run from Monday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Aug. 11. Jones said that the sophomores through seniors will practice at 8 a.m. with the freshmen working out at 11:30 a.m. All will practice again at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 will be picture day which will be followed by a scrimmage session, starting about 10 a.m.

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