kicking camp in Knoxville and it was certainly a success. Everyone that participated in the camp improved and each participant benefited from the competitive atmosphere.
These camps are made to be instructive, competitive, and fun. I could see the comradery that was built with the kickers and everyone was able to learn more by watching others. It was exciting to see kickers improve by 6-7 yards on kickoffs and become more accurate on field goals in a matter of 3 hours.
In the morning session Alex Rinella (Science Hill HS) did excellent in the charting session by making 8 of 9 field goals and JJ Jerman (Seymour HS) performed best on kickoffs. The younger kickers are very talented and they will see huge improvement in leg strength and consistency in the next year or so.
Some other kickers of note were Roberto Velkovic (Karns HS), Devon Helton (Cumberland Gap HS) and John Huffman (Science Hill). All three of those kickers had a nice day and showed great potential.
These camps are probably one of my favorite parts of being a football kicking coach in Tennessee. I can see kickers getting better and you can see kicking coming alive for the kickers who attend. I look forward to doing more of these Tennessee kicking camps throughout the offseason!