During the session, high school football players were given the chance to showcase their speed in the 40-yard dash and the 5-10-5 shuttle run. Participants also did more game-related drills depending on the position they play.
“This is not just about my kids but an opportunity for kids in the area to showcase their ability in front of actual position coaches,” Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley said. “A lot of times when you go to combines you are working with high school coaches who are just jotting stuff down but at this particular event you are actually performing for the guys who make the offers.”
Players from Stockbridge, ELCA, Henry County, Union Grove, Locust Grove, Luella, Redan, Columbia and many other schools were able to perform for Georgia Southern linebackers coach Michael Mutz, assistant wide receivers coach Derrick Sherman and many other coaches.
“This gives us an opportunity to see a lot of different kids and a lot of different communities,” Mutz said. “So it’s an important week for us. An enjoyable week for us to see many players and coaches and get a chance to work with them.”
After all of the position drills were complete, running backs and linebackers had the chance to compete against each other in a two-handed touch drill. Also quarterbacks had an opportunity to show off their arm strength, while defensive backs tried to prevent wide receivers from completing the pass.
“Part of it is an evaluation of physical skills and the other part is to see how competitive they are,” Mutz said. “How do they respond if they don’t have success? If they don't make an interception or make a tackle can they bounce back and recover? That is a big part of the game because you are never going to be 100 percent if you play 60 plays a game.”