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Lineman camp to be held in Portageville

Friday, June 3, 2011

sports@standard-democrat.com

PORTAGEVILLE -- Portageville head coach Ronnie Jones was so impressed with what former Bulldog lineman, Jake Young, went through when he visited a lineman's camp in St. Louis last year he decided to start one of his own.

On Saturday, Jones and the Portageville football team will host a camp for defensive and offensive lineman to give the men in the trenches a chance to be evaluated.

"The thing I was impressed with is that it gave the linemen in the St. Louis area a chance to take part in it something that they can be evaluated in and get some feedback," Jones said. "Jake had a real good experience with it. We can do the same thing in Southeast Missouri."

The lineman's camp will consist of 10 events that will mimic those of an official NFL Combine workout. The tests will evaluate strength, agility and speed as well as other factors that pertain to being a lineman.

An estimate of 50 high school football players are expected to participate including kids from Sikeston, Poplar Bluff, East Prairie, Malden, Hayti and many others. Schools from Kentucky and Tennessee are expected to represented as well.

"We're hoping to build on this and make a good impression with the kids and coaches," Jones said. "Hopefully the kids that take part in it will take positives from it and it should continue to grow. This will be kind of a learning experience for all of us."

Some of the events that are planned include the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, the 'farmer's walk', an eye test, one-man sled and an obstacle course that will act as a tie breaker event if needed.

Although schools will be represented, there are no team scores just individual winners of each event and an overall winner of the camp. Varsity and junior varsity players will be participating. The public is invited to view the camp.

"I think this can be a really good thing for our area," said Jones. "It will give our kids the opportunity to see what other people are during and see where they stack up."

A general sessions meeting between the coaches and/or parents will begin at 10 a.m. at Portageville High School at the football field. The camp will begin right after.