Hogue fought fatigue at UT camp

Most of the prospects attending the recent University of Tennessee senior football camp were hoping to catch the eyes of Vol coaches. At least one prospect, though, was struggling mightily just to keep his own eyes open.

That would be Jamere Hogue, a 6-3, 210-pound linebacker/safety prospect from West High School in Morristown. What he had to endure merely to attend the UT camp boggles the mind.


On the Thursday before the camp he drove with the rest of West High's basketball team to Banner Elk, N.C., to participate in the Lees-McRae College hoops camp. After playing FOUR taxing games on Friday, the Trojans made the long drive back to Morristown. Arriving home in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Hogue got maybe three hours of sleep before making the trek to Knoxville for the UT football camp.

"I ran a 4.8 in the 40 at my school but they clocked me at 5.2 at the UT camp," he said. "I was dead tired. That's the worst I ever ran."

Coming off four basketball games and just three hours sleep, that's understandable.

"I had just left a basketball camp at Lees-McRae," Hogue noted. "I got home at 3:30 that morning, then got up at 6:45 to make it to the UT camp, so I wasn't in top shape. We had played four games on Friday, and our last one ended at 11 p..m. I left Banner Elk at 1 in the morning and got home at 3:30, so I was pushing it."

Despite the fatigue, Hogue enjoyed himself at the Vol camp.

"It was a pretty good camp," he said. "There was a lot of talent that you don't normally see in our area. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the agility drills and the seven-on-seven period."

Working with the other defensive backs, Hogue became pretty familiar with Tennessee secondary coach Larry Slade.

"He's a nice guy, real determined," Hogue said. "He wants to get the most out of the players."

After working exclusively at free safety as a junior, Hogue says he'll be playing strong safety and outside linebacker as a senior this fall. He's eager to try the new positions.

"All I've really played was free safety until this spring, when I played strong safety," he said. "I think I like strong safety a little better. I'm still getting a feel for outside linebacker and getting it figured out."

Asked to pinpoint the best part of his game, Hogue replied: "Probably playing real physical. I'm not the fastest guy but I use my size when I come up to hit."

Even without great speed, Hogue was a first-team selection on the All-Inter-Mountain Athletic Conference squad last fall. He also was named to the All-Northeast Tennessee defensive team.

Hogue attended the Middle Tennessee camp on June 9 and the UT camp on June 16. He had hoped to attend Kentucky's football camp on June 15 but the Lees-McRae basketball camp interfered with those plans.

Although he has no scholarship offers to date, Hogue hopes a big senior season will change that.

"Right now I'm just sitting and waiting," he said. "Then I'll make my decision from there."

Being a native East Tennessean, Hogue would like to play for the Vols should they deem him worthy of a scholarship offer.

"All of my family like Tennessee," he said. "I went to a game last year and I like that it's real family oriented, like my high school team. I like that about it."

A versatile guy, Hogue also represents his school in basketball and track.

"I'm basically playing a post in basketball," he said, "but we're run and gun, so there aren't really any positions. In track I do the 400 meters, the 4x400, some high jump and triple jump."

Hogue may not have a big-time reputation but he has good bloodlines. He says his grandfather, Paul Hogue, played basketball for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in the early 1960s, then spent a couple of years with the NBA's New York Knicks.

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