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Null filling void in Lampasas with football camp

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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:52 am

LAMPASAS — Keith Null is the person he always wanted to meet.

Growing up in Lampasas, the former Badgers standout quarterback was passionate about his position, and he constantly craved knowledge. He wanted to understand the nuances and perfect overlooked portions of the game.

He desperately desired to sit under someone’s learning tree.

“I always wished that I could have had a college player or a pro player come back and tell me in high school what they were learning,” Null said. “Something like that can get kids started so much earlier.”

Null’s career worked out without the additional mentorship, however, as he became one of the most prolific passers the college ranks have ever seen before being drafted into the NFL.

Now, equipped with experience and a deeper understanding of the game, Null returns to Lampasas to pass on his expertise to area kids at the Keith Null Quarterback and Receiver Mini Camp.

“I want to be able to teach them high-level skills that I’ve been able to learn throughout my years in college and the NFL,” the Lampasas Class of 2004 graduate said. “I’ve had coaching, and I know the ways the top athletes in the world get better. I want to bring that to some high school and middle school kids and share with them the same experiences I had.”

The position-specific camp will be held Monday from 8 a.m. to noon at Lampasas High School and is open to all seventh- through 12th-graders. Cost is $35 and registration is available onsite prior to the start of camp.

After guiding the Badgers, Null went on to achieve tremendous success at West Texas A&M, going undefeated and throwing for a school-record 4,134 yards and 41 touchdowns during his senior season in 2007. In two years as a starter, Null passed for 9,769 yards and 92 touchdowns with a 67.5 completion percentage.

The performance caught the attention of the St. Louis Rams, who drafted him in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. Late in his rookie season, Null made his first start in place of injured quarterbacks Marc Bulger and Kyle Boller.

He started four games for the Rams but was cut prior to the 2010 season, landing on the practice squads of Jacksonville and Carolina before calling it a career and becoming a youth pastor in Amarillo.

Football remains one of his passions, though.

“It was something that I’ve done for so long, and then, all of a sudden, it stopped,” Null said. “It was gone for the first time.”

Conducting this camp allows the lifelong gridiron junkie to remain connected to the game and his roots.

“It is great to be able to stay around the game the I really love playing,” Null said, “and to help other guys who play the same position as me and love the same sport that I love. It keeps me in the loop, and I love that.”

Assisting Null will be former Badgers teammate and North Texas receiver Brock Stickler, who will oversee the receivers in attendace.

Participants will spend part of the camp running drills and learning skills specific to their positions before the groups combine.

“I’d like for them to leave knowing something they can do to get better,” Null said.

Null intends to make the camp an annual event in his hometown, expanding to include younger kids in time, but for now, he is satisfied being the person he always wanted to meet.

“It is a great opportunity, and it is something special for me,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do it, so I’m excited that I get a chance to do something like this.”

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