Troup’s football players will rest well when this week is over.
After finishing off the second of two days of the NFL High School Player Development Camp on Wednesday, many of Troup’s players will be back at Callaway Stadium today for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes lineman challenge.
Then on Friday, Troup will head to Shaw High to participate in a seven-on-seven competition, while some other players will take part in a LaGrange College offensive-lineman camp.
Each event, Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said, offers the players “an opportunity to get out there and compete and get better.”
The NFL camp, which is co-sponsored by the National Guard, was held Tuesday and Wednesday, and a handful of different schools from the area participated.
Both sessions were interrupted by rain, including a heavy storm on Tuesday that was accompanied by lightning, but Kendall said it was still a productive two days for his team.
The camp was a combination of a seven-on-seven tournament, a linemen competititon, position-specific drills, and a handful of speakers also talked to the players.
“Overall it was a pretty good (camp),” Kendall said.
As for his team’s performance, Kendall said “there were things that were good, and things that were bad.”
“You get to compete against other guys than yourself, and there were a variety of teams,” Kendall added. “They’re not all doing exactly the same thing.”
Kendall said seven-on-seven competitions aren’t tailor-made for what his team does, but he feels they’re still helpful.
“We’re a split-back veer team, which is kind of an odd deal at a seven-on-seven. They get mad at you if you run the option out there,” Kendall said. “And the play-action doesn’t really work because they don’t have to respect it, but there were some things we had a chance to work on. We also had a lot of different guys who had a chance to get some reps today, and I liked that.”
Kendall also felt the other aspects of the camp were great learning tools for his players.
“We had a fundamental period whether they were a linemen, or a linebacker, or a running back, where they got to work on specific skill things,” Kendall said. “And of course there was character development and speakers and all those good things.”
Kendall felt is was an overall positive experience for his team.
“It was a good event,” he said. “I thought all the coaches that were there from all the different schools did a great job. Good competition, good sportsmanship, and people working on things to try to get their team better. And also, it’s a chance to see what some of your guys can do and what they can’t do.”