Lobo Camp Draws Longhorn Gridders

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The Payson High School football team is taking its act to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

There, the players will participate in a no-pads, non-contact passing league camp June 10 to 13 on the Lobo campus.

The camp is open to athletes entering 10th through 12th grades.

The fee to participate is $200, which includes food and access to all UNM football facilities.

Prospective campers should bring tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, workout shorts, T-shirts and cleats or molded grass shoes.

The curriculum includes weight room workouts with the UNM head strength coach, instruction videos, offensive and defensive line competitions and 7-on-7 passing tournaments.

Passing games are practice events in which teams have no guards or tackles and only passing plays are allowed. The games also are played "touch" rather than tackle.

Last summer, Payson hosted a passing tournament that drew teams from Basha and Marcos de Niza high schools.

The Lobo camp comes on the heels of a disappointing spring practice turnout. On the first day of the spring program, May 17, about 35 prospective players were on hand. At a practice days later, only 15 showed up.

Coach Jerry Rhoades, in his second year coaching the football program, said he was disappointed with the turnout and was concerned the Longhorns will have enough players to field a jayvee team next year.

For more information about the passing camp, call Rhoades at (928) 474-2233.

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