MU's Gabbert gives back to young players
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
To be the best you need to learn from the best and that is what drew more than 150 young football players to Blue Springs High School Thursday morning.
The 12th Blue Springs Quarterback and Receiver Camp drew players ranging from seniors in high school to middle school players looking to hang with the big guys. This year’s camp has its usual strong list of instructors but headlining the group on day one was University of Missouri junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert helped lead the players through the afternoon session and said camps like the one at Blue Springs was a great way to pass down his knowledge to a new group of football players.
“It’s a blast,” Gabbert said. “I remember when I was in high school just coming to quarterback camps and seeing college guys there. It’s just a fun experience, just to give my knowledge to them and help them get better at the game.”
The presence of one of the best quarterbacks in the Big XII didn’t go unnoticed by the players. The quarterbacks who went through Gabbert’s station ran drills in footwork and worked on throwing 10-yard quick out patterns.
Richmond’s Colby Bowles has been to the camp the last three years and said that it was great to get the chance to learn from Gabbert and the other coaches.
“It’s great I look up to these guys, it makes me want to be where they are,” Bowles said. “I love this camp. I would say it is one of the best camps to come to and get better.
“It’s great working with him (Gabbert). It makes me want to do exactly what he does and follow in his steps.”
For Gabbert the Blue Springs camp is one of many he will attend. Later this summer he will be a counselor at the Elite 11 camp later this month in California. Gabbert attended the camp as a player and said he will try to bring his experience from his first year of starting in Division I football.
“I just learned how to prepare mentally and physically,” Gabbert said. “You have to be in the best shape, mentally and physically, of your life. The week in, week out stress of a college football game takes a toll on your body, but I learned how to prepare and how to go about it.”
The camp continues Friday morning at Blue Springs with Kansas quarterback Kale Pick and former Missouri quarterback Chase Patton headlining the camp coaches.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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