June 27, 2006

250 attend at UCLA Camp

They arrived from as far west as Hawai'i, as far east as Virginia, north from Washington and south as in Texas and Louisiana, only to endure three days of near- 100 degree temperatures, sweltering humidity, and non-stop competition held on the IMA fields, which, by now, are beginning to resemble Mars with sand traps.

Yet, to a man, those attending the UCLA Football Three-Day Camp for High School players all seem to agree that they were learning while having some terrific fun under the watchful eyes of Head Football Coach Karl Dorrell and his staff.

Strength and conditioning coach Doc Kreis got the "party started" Sunday morning with an instructional drill on proper technique of side-ways squats across the field, among a host of other exercises.

Ironically, the man who invented the technique among others, Steve Zabel, from Edmond, Okla., was Doc's guest at the camp. Doc was quick to share much of the credit he has received over the past several years while at UCLA for implementing a ferocious work ethic in the weight room for all athletes with Mr. Zabel.

Doc also shared with us a new UCLA hire in Jill Robinson, who he termed a "great hire" for the program.

The fun part of the camp for many was the seven-on-seven drill, as well as the highly competitive one-on-one competition between quarterbacks, wide receivers, cornerbacks and safeties.

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