James Hasty select camp update

The sign at the top of the hill outside Bellevue High School read 'James Hasty Select Camp', but it might as well have read 'No offense needed'. Hasty, known for his football stints at Washington State and also with the Kansas City Chiefs, put the emphasis on coaching and analysis during two 3-hour sessions Friday. The camp continues through this weekend.

The morning session went from 8AM to 11AM, with the focus being on 7-7 workout and getting some tape for the afternoon breakdown. Then, after some lunch, the players gathered in Bellevue's weight room, where they broke down their own performances earlier in the day, as well as film of Washington's spring game.

It was clear watching Hasty work that he is very much into the details of the game. He likened the game to a chess match, where defenders are strategizing as much against the coaches in the booth as they are against the offense on the field. He talked about the defense not having to worry about a 25-second clock, so they could disguise schemes and create different looks at a second's notice.

Watching the film before the afternoon session, more than once Hasty could be heard from behind the VCR. "Man, you're killing me!" he would say, following up with a critique of the issue at hand. With former Chief teammate Tracy Simien also there to work with the LB's and DB's, the coaches were all over the players' early mistakes. They were also quick to heap praise on a player when things were done to their satisfaction.

The highlight of the first day of the Hasty camp was when Lawyer Milloy, former Washington Husky and member of the New England Patriots team that defeated Saint Louis 20-17 to win Super Bowl XXXVI. Milloy talked about the respect he has for the game and the players that play it. "One of my old teammates was Curtis Martin," Milloy told the group of campers. "And when he went to the New York Jets, I told him, 'I'm going to give you my all, Curtis. I'm going to try and kill you on every play because I respect you and you deserve that respect.'"

Some of the area's top athletes came from as far away as Walla Walla and Salem, Oregon to attend this select camp. Future EWU Eagle Anthony Dotson from Federal Way came to soak up some NFL teaching before heading to Cheney. Bellevue Wolverine Jeff Dicks, younger brother of Husky OL Dan Dicks, also came by to work out with the linebackers. He'll be attending Cornell this fall.

There were plenty of top high school juniors too. Tay Hermes, a 6-1, 225-pound linebacker from Keizer (Ore.) McNary made the trip to Bellevue and looked the part of a tough, hard-nosed linebacker. Bellarmine Prep's Patrick McKillop was on hand, as was Walla Walla's Anthony Rosso, Tracy Ford (who is tranferring from Decatur to Bellevue this fall), Mercer Island's Michael Gottlieb, Shorewood's David Hancock and Wade Gurnett, O'Dea's Andre Geraghty and White River's Jason Gran, among others.

And let's not forget the rising juniors-to-be. Bellevue's JR Hasty (James' son), worked out as well as Rainier Beach's Sheldon Danzy. Both are going to be difference-makers for their respective teams this fall.

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