Wolverine Linemen Dominate Ute Shoot Camp
Jul 15, 2016 09:53AM
● By Bryan Scott
The Hunter Wolverines’ linemen were the overall winners at the Ute Shoot Football Camp at the University of Utah. —Hunter football.
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The Ute Shoot Football Camp, held at the University of Utah, is a great opportunity for high school football players to showcase themselves and receive valuable instruction from upper-echelon college players and coaches. Hunter High School took advantage of their chances and came home winners of the camp’s lineman challenge.
“I always tell my kids that as athletes they need to be in shape 24/7 and 365 days a year. We want them to compete in other sports, not just get burned out in football. In my 32 years coaching I have seen a lot of changes and I know the kids can get burned out easy. I want the kids to have fun. They come in early twice a week and do the dirty dozen [12 different drills], various activities to keep them in shape,” Hunter head coach Scott Henderson said.
The Utah satellite camp has become an opportunity for high school athletes to showcase their talent for the college coaches in attendance. Many colleges in the state hold similar camps and invite the local players to participate.
The camp included off-season drills that help the players with conditioning, footwork and football skills. The lineman challenge included a tug-of-war competition. Hunter finished in second place in 2015 and was the overall winner this year. They also pushed the ram sled, had a plate relay, farmer's walk, tire flip, broad jump, bench press, atlas stone carry and chin-up hold.
“We have had as many as 80 kids Monday through Thursday that are coming in to put in extra time. These are kids that know right from wrong and they know what are good choices,” Henderson said.
The off-season workouts paid off for the eight participants of the lineman challenge: Lorenzo Fauatea, Tevita Tauvao, Dylan Hill, Tussi Saafi, Zealand Gasu, Omen Moe’i, Lisiate Tautiole and Zach Chorn.
“At Hunter we will always do well. We have enough good athletes that we do not need to rebuild. We expect the younger kids to step up. It is a shame that some of our bigger linemen have decided to transfer to other schools. It is sad that people think that in order to get the notoriety, they need to go to other schools. College coaches tell me all the time that if the kid is good enough they will find them,” Henderson said. “We have had great success with placing top-notch athletes into college programs.”
Hunter High graduates like Noah Togai at Oregon State University and Harold Moleni, who recently
graduated from Hawaii, are among the examples that Henderson cited as successful football players at the collegiate level.
Wolverines senior lineman Lorenzo Fauatea has received as many as six offers to continue playing football after his graduation. He has written offers from Utah, Utah State, Oregon State, Hawaii and BYU.
“We have a great group of kids that want to work hard. We certainly have kids moving on. Hunter has a rich tradition,” Henderson said.
The Wolverines participated in the Utah state camp June 6-10. They are scheduled to compete in the All-Poly football camp June 14-16.