Nebraska hosts first camp of Summer

The Summer camps at the University of Nebraska kicked into full gear today, the players and coaches finally being able to get in a day not fouled by inclement weather. With the skies clear, this was the day the campers got a chance to show what they could do.

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The Summer camps at the University of Nebraska kicked into full gear today, the players and coaches finally being able to get in a day not fouled by inclement weather. With the skies clear, this was the day the campers got a chance to show what they could do.

The first round of sessions at the University of Nebraska could have carried the theme from "Twister" along side. Powerful thunderstorms and power outages cut short the first day for the campers.

It didn't come in time however to keep some from impressing early and

Tim Ham catches a pass in
receiver drills during the 2nd
day of Summer camp
often. Tim Ham, halfback of Mountain Ridge high school in Glendale, Arizona posted one of the fastest times on the day, running a reported 4.47/40. Ham is the teammate of current Nebraska commit, Nick Covey.

Ham is currently being recruited by Nebraska and based on his performance the

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LB, Nick Covey takes part
in some drills for the TEs.
Covery participated in
those along with drills for
his projected position-LB.
first day followed by some stellar all-around play in today's 7 on 7 drills, Ham's stock has probably gone up. At one point, Ham and Covey playing on the same team, the two combined for three straight touchdown receptions as they helped to pace their team to a 3-0 mark on the day's competition.

Nick Covey worked both offense and defensive sides, seeing a lot of tight end work early in this session, but was used predominately as a linebacker in the 7 on 7 drills. If someone wanted to know about Covey's agility, feet and explosiveness, they don't need to worry anymore. Nick showed remarkably good feet, a great change of direction and when he was finally able to test, having arrived to camp a day late, Covey churned off the 40 at a 4.45 clip.

Another player that showed a lot of promise was tight end, Tim McAvoy. The 6'6" 260 lbs. Illinois native showed very good hands, solid footwork and decent speed for

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TE, Tim McAvoy practices with
the rest of the tight ends in pass
receiving drills.
someone his size. McAvoy's father said that Tim's strength IS his strength, regarding his son as a blocking machine. "He just blocks the snot out of anyone that's in front of him." Tim's father stated. McAvoy currently has offers from Cincinnati and Arkansas, but obviously likes Nebraska for their new "West Coast" style.

St. Louis, Missouri standout, Mark Watson also impressed, showing some

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Athlete, Mark Watson
runs back to the huddle
during 7 on 7 drills.
good speed, running a 4.62/40, but his real display was on the field as a DB. Watson showed some very good hips in being able to adjust to his defender and closed on the ball very well. Watson is looking at Nebraska heavily right now, but is also considering Kansas State, Missouri and most of the rest of the Big XII.

If there was one player that stole the show though, it was none other than Oklahoma's Player of the Year, Reggie Smith. The multi-versatile athlete showed every bit of why he is as coveted as he is by some of the best

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Reggie Smith runs back
to the huddle after a play
on defense during 7 on 7
drills.
programs in the country.

Though Smith didn't test, you didn't need to see what his 40-time was once you saw him in action. One particular play that illustrated his speed to a tee was an interception over the middle that he took back into the end zone, untouched even though it seemed as if two players had good angles of pursuit. Smith sped by them and galloped in for the score.

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Smith heads on a deep pattern
that ultimately led to a touchdown
catch for his team. It was just one
of what seemed like an endless
number of highlight reel plays for
the Oklahoma Player of the Year.
That was the theme for Smith though as he made one jaw-dropping play after another, either as a wide receiver or as a DB. Not to be outdone, Smith tried his hand as well at QB. It wasn't equal to his prowess at the other two positions, but this kid can basically do it all.

In a rather ironic connection, Reggie Smith the WR/DB completed a pass to Omaha Central's, Aaron Dorsey, Dorsey being looked at as a QB/WR, etc. Dorsey showed some good examples of his overall athleticism from making tight deep throws to diving for the ball Smith delivered

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Omaha Central's, Aaron Dorsey
does an interview following the 2nd
day of Nebraska's first Summer
session of camps. Dorsey could
be looked to, to play either side
of the ball.
on a rope. Dorsey is looking at Nebraska of course, along with Kansas State, Iowa and Kansas.

As for Smith, he's looking at Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas State along with USC and UCLA, both of the California schools that he will be unofficially visiting this Summer. Smith said that he doesn't have a favorite right now, but said to Oklahoma being the obvious favorite, "Not right now, because I am making sure to keep everyone in the picture."

Back to Nick Covey's teammate, it would seem all Nebraska has to do is offer the Mountain Ridge athlete and he's a Husker to be.Tim Ham didn't just show his speed, but how he was able to utilize his size, especially from the defensive side of the ball. Ham has a very quick first-step, pursued to the ball very well and shows excellent potential in that position. Ham said if he had his choice, he would opt for running back as that's what he's done most of his life. "It's what I know." Tim said. "It's the position I enjoy the most."

Considering the depth at the I-back position for NU, if Ham is offered, it will probably be as a safety or possibly even as a receiver, Ham showing great speed during drills at the wideout position plus some excellent hands.

The last segment of this first session of Nebraska's first camp will come to a close tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Following the final round of 7 on 7 competitions, the overall champions will be declared. The second session starts Tuesday, the final session going from the 18 thru the 20th, finished off by Nebraska's first "Elite QB camp" the 21st thru the 23rd.

Steve Ryan can be reached at SteveRyan@bigredreport.com or 402-730-5619


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