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February 24, 2014

Kicking Game Camp Showcases Talent

The first session of the South Carolina Varsity Kicking Game Training Days is in the books and it was a great day of workouts for the kickers as we head into our five-camp series to make these guys better athletes and kickers.

After some stretching as a group and a good jog around the stadium to get the blood circulating and heart beating good, Coach Mark Fowble went to work on helping the kickers get set up for warm ups and explaining what to expect from Session I, as well as the rest of the camp series.

"This was a good group of kickers," said Fowble. "They all have great attitudes and all actually kick the ball pretty well. There's some things we can work on with each of them to make them better but I was happy with what I saw out of them today."

Coach Fowble talked about our kicking philosopy with the players and how we focus on foot speed and direction, and the components of each of those things.

But another important element of the kicking camp was the presence of Dr. Jay Patel, who is a specialist in Biomechanical Analysis and has worked with collegiate, professional, and olympian athletes in refining their skills and performance. Dr. Patel was able to help in identifying key elements in the players' functional movement and make that part of our evalautions.

"It's neet to watch Dr. Patel just look at a kid move and say stuff like 'he just had a growth spurt recently' or 'he's go tight adductor muscles' or 'this guy is going to miss to the right every time' and then he's right," said Coach Fowble. "It is an element to what we're doing that I don't think these kids get anywhere else."

Every kicker in camp today stood out in one area or another. Dutch Fork's Tyler Bass, Blythewood's Tucker Smith, and Stratford's Tyler Tekac led as experienced upperclassment in the camp. Another rising senior, who is a first year player and kicker, Nick Rogers of Marlboro County, was impressive in his charting today, as well. Greer's Nick Roberson is a strong lefty from the Class of 2016, and Boiling Springs freshman Grayson Atkins showed great form as the youngest kicker in camp.

If you would like more information on the South Carolina Varsity Kicking Game Training Days, email us at [email protected].

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