Jeremy Shannon knows there is a difference between passing a football and passing one properly.
By next Tuesday, he hopes others understand as well.
After spending the past 13 seasons grooming the quarterbacks responsible for guiding Copperas Cove’s offense, Shannon is getting a jumpstart on teaching the next generation of Bulldawgs signal callers.
Beginning Monday, Copperas Cove’s quarterback coach will host the first Bulldawg Quarterback and Receiver Camp, placing an emphasis on technique.
“I want them to understand fundamentals and working on fundamentals,” Shannon said. “A lot of kids come out there, especially quarterbacks, and they throw, but they’ve never been taught how to throw correctly, so we’re trying to get those things across to them.”
A former Copperas Cove standout, Shannon, who was an all-district first-team selection as a quarterback during his senior season in 1997, started the camp last year as a way to work with area kids who shared his passion for the position.
He quickly realized, however, it needed to expand.
“We had a lot of kids that were receivers last year at the quarterback camp,” Shannon said. “So it just made sense to go with quarterbacks and receivers this year.”
The two-day camp will be held at Bulldawg Stadium and is open to all incoming first- through ninth-graders. In addition to learning the fundamentals of throwing, participants will receive instruction on route running and receiving, along with doing some film review and developing leadership skills.
Broken into three sessions, days begin with individual instruction specific to each position before breaking for lunch and reviewing. The day concludes with quarterbacks and receivers working together in a fashion similar to 7-on-7 football.
Cost of the camp is $55 per athlete with a T-shirt and certificate included.
Several other Bulldawgs will help Shannon conduct the camp.
“My brother, Jeff Shannon, will help me with the quarterbacks since he coaches that at the freshmen level,” Shannon said, “And I’ll have coach Ryan Youngblood, who coaches our receivers, and Hunter McVeigh will help him with the receivers.”
McVeigh caught 53 passes for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior for the Bulldawgs last year before committing to play at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
At last year’s camp, UMHB quarterback and former Copperas Cove standout Robbie Seybold assisted.
“We have kids at all age levels that come to this camp,” Shannon said. “By establishing this camp, we can kind of see down the line if a kid has a chance to be our freshmen, JV or varsity quarterback.
“If they play quarterback all through the years, they’ll wind up being our quarterback in the long run, plus they’ll have their fundamentals down — their correct footwork.
“Receivers will be able to catch the ball properly and run good routes. Those are the things we’re looking for.”
For more information, contact Shannon at 254-547-4111.