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Jackets football holds youth camp

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Dustin Wilson talks to the campers and players about how to be successful in sports. GLAVINE DAY
Joshua Finch helps one of the campers while working on offensive line.
Tristan Howard helps one of the campers on an offensive line drill.
One of the campers tries to find a hole during a running back drill.
Some of the campers worked on quarterback drills on the offensive day.
On one of the running back drills, campers had to find a hole to avoid being stopped by a Springfield football player.
One of the campers tries to find a hole during a running back drill.
The drills during the camp were meant to be instructional, but also fun for the kids of Springfield.
Keith Jones for Springfield helps one of the campers with instructions on the activity.

Springfield High School held its fourth-annual youth camp of the Dustin Wilson era. The camp was held for the kids of Springfield and was hosted on the practice field at Springfield High School.

A total of 80 campers were in attendance. Each high school player had a "buddy," while some even had two due to the large number of attendees.

It was a two-day camp, running from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of last week. Both days, Wilson invited a guest speaker. Tuesday, it was Brandon Cooper, one of the Austin Peay football coaches.

Thursday, Springfield alumnus Terrence Summers came and spoke to the campers and players about the importance of listening to coaches and parents.

"If you don't listen to your coaches or your parents, you won't listen to anybody, which won't help you at all," he said.

Summers brought two of his TSU teammates with him to also speak. Chris Collins told the campers to do well in school and said that they should "never think school isn't cool, because you can still do well in school and be the coolest kid at the school."

Toward the end, Wilson expressed his feelings to the campers about not focusing on one sport, a big debate throughout high school athletics.

"When college football coaches go look at their players, they don't just go to their football games," Wilson said. "When Terrence (Summers) was getting recruited, he had a coach come to one of his high school basketball games."

One of the last things Wilson left with the campers was to keep dreaming.

"Don't ever let anybody tell you that you can't do something," he said. "When someone tells you that, you can look at them and say, 'Yes sir' or 'Yes ma'am', but don't ever let that stop you from thinking you can do it."

At the end of the camp, the campers got to have fun on a slip-and-slide to wind down after two days of working on offensive and defensive drills.

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