All work and no play…
Bobcat hopes hard work in summer pays off this fall
Going into the summer, senior-to-be Garrett Chumley didn't have a lot of confidence in his limbs.
And since Chumley is expected to be the starting quarterback and punter in the 2005 edition of the Bobcat football team, he needed to find a cure.
Chumley has gone to work for the summer, attending three different camps to help improve his skills and gain confidence. Chumley has attended the punting camp at Kansas State University, the Blue Springs All-Metro quarterback/wide receiver camp and a team camp at Central Methodist University in Missouri with his Bobcat teammates.
As a punter and quarterback, Chumley has a newfound confidence. Before the quarterback camp, Chumley doubted his skills.
"I seriously had no confidence in my arm going into that camp," Chumley said. "I didn't feel like I could throw a ball at all. I know last year in practice, I never really wanted to throw when we had to because I had no confidence in my arm."
The coaches at the quarterback camp worked with the quarterbacks on three-step drops, five-step drops, play-action passes and passing on roll outs. The two-day camp included a plethora of drills and the quarterbacks also battled in competitions to help judge their abilities. Chumley was able to gain much needed confidence in his arm by learning how to do things the right way.
"I saw major improvement from the first day to the second day," Chumley said. "On a roll out pass, I was able to throw the ball with a lot tighter spiral, with a lot more velocity, just from working on how to hold the ball and how to bring it back and adjust to when you're running."
Chumley says the quarterback camp was his favorite camp he attended this summer and attributes his improvement as a quarterback to the two days in Blue Springs.
"I can't tell you how much that camp helped me out," Chumley said. "I wasn't a very good passer before I went to that, but going to that for two days, I was able gain a lot more confidence in my arm."
The first camp Chumley attended this summer was the punting camp with former Kansas State punter Sean Snyder, son of head coach Bill Snyder. Chumley was one of only four punters to attend and because of that he received a lot of one-on-one attention. Snyder worked with Chumley and the other punters on "every little thing you wouldn't think you'd need to know about punting."
Snyder video taped each punter and critiqued their performance. Chumley has been able to take the advice Snyder gave him and put it to use.
"In the punting camp, he told us about a punting learning curve," Chumley said. "In all the stuff he gives you to work on in two days, he says you're going to see yourself get worse before you get better. I've been working on that stuff a lot and I'm getting to where you can see improvement. I was able to punt the ball well before I went in there, but working on all the little things he gave us, right after the camp I was horrible. I couldn't even punt a spiral or anything. But he told us with all the stuff he gave us, you're going to get worse before you get better, and I'm starting to see improvement."
At the Central Methodist team camp, Chumley and his teammates worked on getting used to playing together. The varsity players that Basehor-Linwood will put on the field this fall had never had the chance to be on the field at the same time. Chumley said the camp gave them an opportunity to "come together as a team" and helped them get used to playing with one another.
The two-day camp included several Missouri schools. Basehor-Linwood was the only school from Kansas and had to use the college's equipment because of Kansas rules. Each day, there were two sessions. During the first session, each team would get to run six running plays and then defend against six running plays. Then they would run six passing plays and defend against six passing plays.
In the second session, the teams would get to play actual games. Chumley felt that the live action was most beneficial to the team's inexperienced offensive line.
"I felt like the camp really helped our line know what they needed to do," Chumley said. "I saw some major improvement from the first game that we played to the last game. They were really able to open up holes for our running backs and give me good protection."
The team's secondary was also suspect going into the camp and Chumley felt that they greatly improved, thanks to all the work they were able to get during the passing sessions.
The opportunity to go up against other teams was a treat for Chumley.
"I think actually getting on the field together and playing as a team with all the players that we'll have this year has really helped us develop teamwork," he said. "You can only do so much in practice against the scout team. Actually being able to run plays against another team's varsity really helped."
The offseason action didn't stop there for Chumley. He participated in a month of seven-on-seven games and a week of BLHS coach Steve Hopkins will host his team camp. The camp, which took place the last week of July, was a crash-course introduction to Bobcat football at the varsity level.