Grays Harbor Football Camp set for this weekend

An expanded program has been designed for the Grays Harbor Football Camp scheduled for Sunday at Olympic Stadium.

Registration and check-in will begin at 10 a.m. Instruction is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 35-minute lunch break at approximately 1:35 p.m.

Dana LeDuc, the former strength and conditioning coach for the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and the University of Texas and Miami football teams, will coordinate the camp. Hoquiam High assistant coach Jeremy McMillan is the camp director.

Guest speakers/instructors include former Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Warren, ex-University of Washington and NFL wide receiver Dane Looker, former University of Texas defensive tackle Kenneth Sims (a one-time first round draft pick by the New England Patriots) and former Aberdeen High standouts Guy Bingham and brothers Anthony and Russell Mizin.

There is a possibility that former Seahawk defensive line great Cortez Kennedy, a relatively recent inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will also appear, but LeDuc said his participation has not yet been confirmed.

The camp is open to incoming ninth-through-12th grade players. Many have been selected by invitation, but Sunday morning registration will be accepted. There is no participation fee.

LeDuc expects between 150 to 200 campers.

Weekend festivities begin with a golf tournament scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean Shores Golf Course and a barbecue dinner/silent auction starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean Shores Elks Club.

Auction items include football memorabilia autographed by University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin and such past and present NFL standouts as Larry Fitzgerald, Sam Bradford, Jake Locker and Earl Campbell.

Admission to the auction is $20 per person, $35 per couple and $10 for children under 18. The entry fee for the golf tournament is $360 per team.

Proceeds from the golf and dinner/auction will go to Grays Harbor youth football programs.

LeDuc said this year’s clinic will be longer than last year’s camp, which concluded in the early afternoon.

“The coaches are going to stay a little longer and I’m going to run the mini-combine (in the afternoon),” he said.

The camp will begin with a series of drills for all campers. The participants will complete exercises at each of six stations, with breaks (including a couple of water breaks) in between.

“All these players are going to be subjected to each and every one of the drills because you never know how you’re going to develop as a football player,” LeDuc said.

More specialized training is scheduled following lunch. A mini-combine for offensive and defensive linemen will included bench presses, throwing a medicine ball for distance, 20-yards sprints, a sled push and a heavy tire flip from third base to second base on the Olympic Stadium baseball diamond.

Meanwhile, backs and wide receivers will face linebackers and defensive backs on 7-on-7 pass drills.

The guest instructors will be assigned to their area of expertise. Former Brigham Young and University of Montana quarterback Drew Miller, who played in the Canadian Football, will work with quarterbacks, Looker with the wide receivers and Sims with the defensive linemen, for example.

Although many of the drills resemble those performed at college camps and pro football combines, LeDuc said he doesn’t envision dramatic makeovers on the part of the participants. A highlight, in his view, is the short talks made by the guest instructors during lunch and breaks in the program.

“I really like the idea of having each coach share two or three minutes with each kid,” he observed. “In one day, we’re not going to change techniques. We’re here to give them an experience and have the coaches give something back to the kids.”