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Stoerner turns to camps for QB and skill development.

Clint Stoerner, who quarterbacked the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1996-1999 and spent time as a Dallas Cowboys signal-caller, is passing along some of his quarterbacking knowledge these days.


He'll be joined by a handful of former college athletes at the PerformanceMax camp on June 22-25 at Mighty Bluebird Field in west Little Rock. His football camp will be geared toward skill players, but he'll also have a specified training for linemen and an all-around teaching camp for players as young as those entering third grade.

Stoerner has been teaching a July invitation-only camp in Warren for the past few summers. This Little Rock endeavor will be open to all corners over four days.

"We'll cover everything from the stance to starting the play to running routes to throwing," he said. "The grip, throwing motion, everything. It's not your normal camp because there is no one-on-one, no 7-on-7. Everything is position specific. We're not putting them in a position where they will bang heads."

Stoerner likes the fact that everyone he's brought together to teach at his camp has had to overcome some kind of obstacle to become a top college player. Stoerner himself was considered too small but went on to lead Arkansas to 17 wins over his junior and senior seasons. J.J. Meadors, at 5-foot-5, was considered to short but went down in Hog history making some of the program's biggest catches. Lance Strothers was considered too undersized and too slow to be a college receiver, yet excelled at Arkansas Tech.

"He was a guy who had to do everything perfect, to practice every detail, to be a college player," Stoerner said. "He's now a coach down in Lafayette, La., He's just an unbelievable coach, from the mechanics to the attention to detail."

Stoerner joked that when he began holding a private camp for Warren's Bo Hembree, the high school coach only let him come back a second year if he brought back Strothers.

Other former players who will be helping at the camp are Robert Thomas, who played for the Cowboys and at Henderson State, and former Hog quarterback and receiver Robert Johnson.

Third through fifth graders will camp the first two days ($i00). Sixth through eighth-graders will camp the third and fourth days (July 24-25, $150). High school age (grades 9-12, $150) camp all four days. Weight-specific training ($100) will be offered to linemen for 90 minutes each morning. The older players can sign up for both the weight training, led by Dustin Coon, and high school skills camp for $200, a $50 discount.

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Good Timing

The camp coincides with an Arkansas Activities Association dead period, allowing the players to work out during a week when they can't train with their high school coaches.

The youngest players will learn the game, from correct tackling form and team tackling to pursuit of the football to correct throwing, catching and ball-carrying skills on offense.

"A lot of them at that age don't know what position they'll eventually play, so we try to cover all the basics," Stoerner said. Position-specific work begins with grades 6-8, and quarterbacks are drilled both with shotgun and regular snaps.

"I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel," he said. "There are a lot of guys in the training world and camp world and teaching different methods to be different, to be new. But my thinking is, if it's not broken why fix it? You look back to the Joe Montanas, Roger Stabauchs, Terry Bradshaws, they threw it the same way ... there is a reason Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the best two quarterbacks in pro football and neither can break 5-flat in the 40. They operate in the pocket better than anyone. We teach pocket presence. And you can break down the film and see that all those quarterbacks have very similar characteristics in the way they throw."
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Title Annotation:Football
Author:Harris, Jim
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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