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WVU Quarterback Skills Clinic On Tap

By Staff | Jun 3, 2009

The West Virginia Classic Quarterback Skills Clinic will be held June 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Braxton County High School football field located along I-79 at exit 67 near Flatwoods. It is for students seventh to 12th grade.

Pre-registration fee is $40. Registration fee on June 13 is $45. Fees include lunch, drinks, and a tee-shirt. Advanced registration is encouraged so t-shirts can be printed early. There will be no refunds after June 12. Lunch and beverages will be provided

Instructor will be Jeff Simmons of Carnegie Mellon University. In three seasons at CMU, Simmons has helped those teams finish with an 23 and 10 record. Simmons and his Tartan teams have made two postseason appearances in that time as well. During his playing career, he led his Kiski Prep team to the Inter-Scholastic Prep School League championship. While at Kiski, Simmons got the chance to play for his grandfather-coaching legend Chuck Klausing. Klausing spent a number of years coaching at WVU under Coach Bobby Bowden. After Kiski Prep, Simmons moved on to Slippery Rock. His collegiate career at SRU extended from 1994-1997.

On the high school level, Simmons has been very successful wherever he has been.

Coach Simmons will teach drills that can be used by quarterbacks from grades seven through 12. Drills will begin with arm loosening and strengthening drills and techniques, then slowly progress to every throw a quarterback has to make. Simmons uses Gilman Gear football field equipment in his drills, from large target throwing nets to NFL player size pop-up dummies. He uses them to help teach reading secondary coverages. He also uses them in agility drills, throwing drills, and drills to improve leadership skills on the field. The camp will end with a quarterback competition with prizes awarded for each age level. This is more than a quarterback camp; it is a football skills camp with an emphasis on the quarterback position. He will work on fundamentals that will carry over for any offense.

The staff includes Bill Powers, director, quarterback coach at Lewis County High School; John Bowers, head football coach, Morgantown High School; Jarrett Brown, West Virginia University quarterback; Bernie Buttrey, head football coach, Parkersburg High School; Bob Lemley, head football coach, Poca High School; Glen McNew, retired head football coach, MHS; Matt Rollyson, head coach, BCHS; Lynn Stalnaker, athletic director, BCHS; and Eddie Vincent, head coach, Lewis County High School.

For more information or to register contact Bill Powers at 304-364-5234.