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Dillard returning in July with skills camp
Thursday, June 27, 2013
By DOUG POWELL - Bulletin Sports Writer
The 2013 Brandon Dillard’s Speed & Agility Football Camp will be held on July 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for football players ages seven up through high schoolers who are interested in looking to improve their athleticism as well as their overall football knowledge and skill set.
The camp, which is in it’s third year, will be held at Bassett High School — the home of former Bassett quarterback and Virginia Tech wide receiver Brandon Dillard. Dillard continues to do the camp each year because of the impressive overall response from the community.
“Guys have liked it in past years and I’ve gotten feedback of people wanting me to continue to do it,” Dillard said. “Lots of high school coaches support it and really like the idea. The family community has really made it a success and really appreciates it.”
Most of the area high school football coaches attend the camp with the attendance of last year’s camp at around 120-130. Dillard said he plans on bringing eight to 10 former Hokie greats and NFL players to help him run the camp this year.
Last year, Virginia Tech football players Andrew Miller and Martin Scales — both former Bassett players, were among the camp instructors.
Dillard, a Martinsville native, lettered four times while playing quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver for Bassett head coach Jay Gilbert. He was named region and district player of the year as a senior. In 2007, Dillard saw his most success with Virginia Tech as he appeared in 13 games working with four different special teams units. He also provided the Hokies with depth at wide receiver and graduated from the university in 2009.
Now living in Blacksburg, Dillard is the strength and conditioning coach for the Virginia Tech basketball team. Coaching and improving the technique of players’ conditioning comes second-nature to him and he is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the younger athletes in the Martinsville-Henry County area that he grew up in.
“It’s a way to give back to a community where I came from,” Dillard said. “Just to give them a chance to learn from guys who played at the next level and get to talk to them and how they made it, as well as show them how important grades are.”
The camp will basically be the same as last year according to Dillard, with various drills focusing on speed and agility as well as position-based football drills. Drills will focus on form running, lateral movement, cutting and more. The camp is not just for skill position players. Any type of football player can sign up and gain some new football knowledge while working on the physical aspect of the game as well.
“Fundamentals of football is a big thing, especially with the younger crowd.” Dillard said. “Lots of fundamentals. Passing, catching, stance — how to run with the ball, how to carry the ball and catch it. Lineman-wise, stance aligning, getting off the ball. Things like that.”
The participants will also split-up into different groups and run through basketball drills that Dillard uses at Virginia Tech. Each station will last between 12-15 minutes and everyone will be able to try out each one.
There also will be contests for the athletes with awards for the top finishers. Some of the contests include a 20-yard shuttle, longest pass, obstacle course, medicine-ball toss and a 40-yard dash. If anyone can help improve a 40-yard dash time, it’s Dillard. He holds a top-10 record at Virginia Tech with a 4.28 40 time.
Not only will there be contests, but there will be an autograph session as well.
“Expect to have a good time,” Dillard said. “You will learn a lot from the guys I have coming. You will be able to be around these guys that you see on T.V. and be able to win awards in these contests.”
Anyone interested that meets the requirements can go online and register at www.bdillardfootballcamp.com for $15 until July 6th or can pay $25 on the day of the camp.
For more detailed information or questions, those interested can contact email@example.com or call Dillard at (276) 340-6044.