Playmaker Football Academy

Saturday Feb. 13 at BYU's IPF from 5 to 7 p.m., the Playmaker Football Academy will debut in Utah with its 10 week winter session. Instructor Travis Cole will bring a high-octane, fast paced West Coast style of quarterback/skills position training to Utah. Proper footwork, ball-handling skills, field vision, and defensive reads all become secondary with repetition and correct training.

Based on the philosophy that fundamentals + repetition= success, the academy will bring a ready learning and developmental resource to players and their families.

"We're extremely excited to bring this concept to Utah," expressed top camp instructor Travis Cole. The Playmaker Football Academy is unlike other camps as it isn't a passing event, or celebrity camp focusing on speaking engagements from former players, a lot of free time, and other activities not necessarily focused on intense player development. The academy will focus on actual workouts where attendees will undergo some intense instruction and repetition of the fundamentals.

"Attendees that come to camp will leave tired as they will undergo a lot of work focusing on key fundamentals and methods that have been proven over time," explained Cole. "I myself went through this same instruction which helped me enormously." Cole is a former starting quarterback for the University of Minnesota.

At Playmaker Football Academy, they believe that there is no substitute for offseason training. "Smart athletes around the country understand to separate themselves from their competition they need to have an offseason workout regimen, a program that supports and understands their goals and aspirations," said Cole. "I believe at Playmaker we provide that. Whether it's trying out for a starting position on your junior football team or competing at a Nike Elite 11 camp, we will provide you with the fundamentals necessary to be ready and prepared to compete. Last year I worked the number one high school quarterback along with some of the top prep skill position players in the country. I can tell you these kids have a work ethic and training that is second to none. It's no wonder they are at the top of their game nationally. At Playmaker we know what it takes to get to that next level."

Playmaker received its inspiration from the popular northwest football camp, the Barton Football Academy. Having helped so many of that region's top quarterbacks and skill position players go on to success at the prep, collegiate and professional levels, Cole's goal is to bring similar success to the top prospects here in Utah and the surrounding regions. "Many of the top quarterbacks at the collegiate and professional ranks from Oregon and Washington regions got their start off the model we're bringing to the state of Utah. We hope to have similar success here." Having worked with last year's top prep quarterback in the country, Cole is a stickler for the fundamentals.

"We're very excited and honored to hold our first camp on BYU's campus in the beautiful indoor practice facility where we can take advantage of their full-sized football fields and where there are no limitations on our ability to throw the football. We hope to expand to Salt Lake City, Logan and other nearby regions in the near future."

All ages are encouraged to attend the winter session. "We teach every talent level of player, from grade school kids up to those already in college. Many of the top quarterbacks from Oregon and Washington regions got their start off the model we're bringing to the state of Utah. We hope to have similar success here."

Space is limited per the IPF and sign ups have just begun at

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