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Thursday's Daily Briefing: 'Tis the camping season

Lots of camps going on at FAU. The football camp du jour going on this week isn’t actually hosted by FAU and the players are a little too young to have an impact on recruiting, but it still offers a strong Owl presence.

The FINESSE football camp has about 90 kids aged 7-14 running around campus. They are being coached by some nationally recognizable names – former Dolphin Jeff Dellenbach, former Miami Hurricane and NFL player Mike Rumph and former FSU Seminole/Cleveland Brown Devin Bush – and by a few names recognizable to Owl fans.

Former Owls Lavoris Williams, Corey Small and Cerge Sincere – you knew that name would be there – are helping coach the five-day event, which ends today. All three are enjoying the experience.

“I lost my voice,” Sincere said. “It’s kind of funny because I bring the same intensity and enthusiasm as I did when I was playing. With these little kids, they have a lot of energy and they are all excited. It gets me fired up. I see why coaches go back and coach. I remember when I was like that as a kid.”

For Small, this was the first of three camps he’s working in the coming weeks before heading to Orlando for his UFL season.

“I like this coaching stuff,” Small said. “These past couple days I went home with headaches and my voice was almost gone just because I’ve been getting so into it.”

For Williams, the camp has provided a little perspective about what his coaches went through, especially when he finds himself trying to prevent his team from repeatedly making the same mistake.

“Sometimes I think back and I’m like, was I like this as a kid? Was I this bad?” Lavoris laughed. “But this is pretty fun. I wouldn’t change the experience for the world.”

The camp is fairly unique because it offers full contact. The organizers also bring in guest speakers. Wednesday’s big name was former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes, a teammate of Sincere at Glades Central who is pictured with Small talking to a camper. That pair teamed up to bring six youngsters from Belle Glade to the camp, two of which are in the photo with Sincere.

Jevon Kearse, who trains on campus with Athlete’s Edge, spoke to the group earlier. Sincere said FAU basketball coach Mike Jarvis also spoke to kids about keeping up with their grades.

Coaching alongside the former players on Wednesday were FAU football grad assistants, Mike Williams, Joe Fitzgerald and Matt Desiderio, featured in the final photo.

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June 23, 2010

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