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Summer workouts conclude for SK QBs

For David Hammrich and Kyle Pease, the 2004 South Kitsap football season started a long time ago.

And while it doesn’t officially start until Sept. 3, the two, among others, wrapped up their first real taste of what it will be like last week with the end of South’s quarterback camp.

“We’ve had to mess around with the timing of it, but we’ve made sure they understand that it’s an important camp,” South coach D. J. Sigurdson said.

The camp consisted of six kids, four from SK and two from the junior high feeder schools. It’s a camp Sigurdson has run for all seven years he’s been the head coach.

And it goes a long way in determining who will be starting come Sept. 3.

“We have two juniors who are returning players (Hammrich and Pease) that are coming back this fall,” Sigurdson said. “What I told them at the end of baseball ... you guys are the two returning quarterbacks. You are not ready to run the offense at this point, but you will be when September comes.”

So Sigurdson worked with them all summer, through the SK football camp, then the Eastern Washington University camp. T

hey came to lift weights, met to watch film, worked on seven-on-seven drills and ultimately worked through the five-day QB camp.

“I’m confident in both of their abilities,” Sigurdson said. “We give them every offensive play we run. We teach them with pencil and paper and with film. And then we go outside and we run the stuff.

“And while we run it,” he said, “I evaluate their physical ability to do it and then we do the written part.”

The quarterbacks take three written tests covering formations, terminology and reading defenses. Each wrong answer equals a 100 yards of bear crawls.

The most Sigurdson will allow a kid to crawl is 1,500 yards, but he gets his point across. The QBs are evaluated on their physical ability, their attendance at the SK football camp, days spent in the weight room, the EWU camp and the QB camp, plus their basic weight lifting and running times throughout the summer.

They are also ranked on attendance at school, their participation in class and the overall GPA they carry.

“At this point and time in our season, I use all this stuff to evaluate them and place them in the depth chart,” Sigurdson said. “But once football starts, it becomes more based on their performance. Basically, I want them to understand that all this stuff is important. They can’t just think about football. There’s a whole lot of other stuff.

“There’s a lot of stuff that goes into this first evaluation,” Sigurdson said. “Once we get the depths set, then we go back and look at who’s doing the job. They’ve all been through the same thing and they’ve all been evaluated on that but now who gets it done?”

And so far, Sigurdson likes what he and assistant coaches Eric Canton and Joey Dame have seen.

“We saw the improvement,” Sigurdson said. “The thing that was really impressive about the whole week was you could tell that they all really wanted to be there. These kids, I got a real sense that ... when you said do something, they were awake and excited to do it.”

A bonus for Sigurdson and the quarterbacks, along with more than a dozen of volunteer receivers and defensive backs who showed up to help out, was the surprise visit from former SK quarterback Rob Minnitti.

Minnitti, who quarterbacked the Wolves to the championship game back in 1997, just came back from the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, where he competed as a javelin thrower, and offered a few words of encouragement for the future Wolves.

“He showed up just kind of out of the blue,” Sigurdson said. “He worked with us all day and he said the same thing. ‘You have good kids. They’re good kids that want to do it. You can just tell.’ ”

Until the first day of practice, which comes Aug. 18, the kids are own there own.

Two-a-days begin Saturday Aug. 21. The first game of the season is Sept. 3 at Lincoln.

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