Camping on the Plains: Tigers headed to passing camp in Auburn

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 3, 2004

The Demopolis High Tigers are going camping, Auburn style. Though many may consider camping to be a relaxing event, DHS Tigers head coach Doug Goodwin along with 18 quarterbacks, receivers, linebackers, running backs and secondary players will venture to the plains of Auburn this week for a two day camping trip that is anything but relaxing.

“It’s kind of like fast break football,” Goodwin said.

For the fifth straight year the Tigers will compete this week in Auburn’s Passing Camp. The two-day camp is designed for high school teams to learn instruction from the Auburn staff pertaining to the passing game, both offensively and defensively.

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The Auburn passing Camp is a chance for 20 high school teams from throughout the south to compete against each other with the guarantee of at least six games between the two-day period.

“We’ll play four morning games that first day and three afternoon games, then we’ll play four more games on the second day,” Goodwin said.

Since it’s invention back in the early 1900’s, the forward pass has continued to dazzle and delight fans of the game of football. It is considered the single greatest threat in the game.

But though this is a passing camp, it’s not just for quarterbacks and receivers.

That means quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, linebackers and secondary will benefit, as the camp is aimed at the study of the passing game from every angle.

“This camp is a great way for us to get in two or more weeks worth of reps in just a two day period,” Goodwin said. “It’s great competition against many really big schools from Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

The pace is fast, the fields are short and the games are much like those that are played in the back yard.

“It’s a very fast pace game on about a 45-yard field,” Goodwin said. “I tend to think of it as well coached back yard football.”

Camp begins Friday, June 4, in Auburn.