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Reed benefits from Nevada football camp
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 13, 2012 | 933 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Action wrapped up Tuesday at the University of Nevada Team Contact Football Camp, and once again, Reed football coach Ernie Howren walked away a happy camper.

Since 2002, the Raiders have participated in the camp, which gives teams the chance to further develop their offensive and defensive schemes against live competition.

“It went really well. It does everything we want and ties everything together,” Howren said. “Between doing non-padded practices in spring ball, and then going into full pads, it allows us to take all the things we learned in the classroom and on the field in non-padded practices and then put it all together on the field in full pads.

“It’s great to see our kids out there competing. It’s just fun to see a new group of kids come up and start competing the way they were competing at camp this week.”

The Nevada football coaching staff teaches drills and position-specific fundamentals used by the Wolf Pack football team.

But the reason why Reed has attended the four-day camp for a decade is because of how well its run.

“The UNR staff does such a great job setting it up that we are able to utilize the camp the way we wanted and mold it to our staff and our kids to make sure we get the maximum out of the camp,” Howren said. “We’re able to work with our kids and set up scrimmages with various teams. It allows us to get a lot of work in.”

Teams have the option to stay overnight in the dorms, but Howren believes in the importance of sleeping in your own bed.

The camp isn’t a normal fun summer camp. It’s about getting down to business, which is the case all season for football teams until game night. The camp tends to stress that.

“That’s a tough one. Who wants to practice three times a day for three days?” Howren said. “The fun is what it always is, competing against different teams. During the regular week of a season, it’s fun to compete in that game on Friday night. Monday through Thursday is a little bit of a grind. At times, the camp mimics that. It’s a grind for the individual stuff. But then when you get down to the scrimmages, that’s what is fun for the kids.”
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