What a weekend! Highlights from QB Country’s 2020 Draft Prep Experience
QB Country’s second annual NFL Draft Prep Experience at the Reese’s Senior Bowl featured three days of world-class quarterback training and a first-hand look at some of the best prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Nearly 50 middle and high school quarterbacks from around the country traveled to Mobile, Alabama to participate in the camp, held January 23-25, 2020.
The camp program, designed to introduce young quarterbacks to the training pro prospects receive for the NFL Combine and Pro Day, included field work, intensive film sessions, a focus on arm care, a mini-combine as well as an intimate Q & A with Senior Bowl participants Shea Patterson (a QB Country trainee) and Justin Herbert moderated by ESPN College GameDay’s Kirk Herbstreit. Former Georgia star Jake Fromm, a longtime QB Country trainee currently in Mobile preparing for the Draft, served as a coach at the camp.
“Senior Bowl has always been an important part of my own experience,” said QB Country Founder David Morris. “Growing up as a kid, going to the game with my family — to be able to share it with kids from across the country and give them a taste of how we prepare our college guys for the NFL — it’s a really unique experience. We’re grateful to Jim Nagy and the Senior Bowl staff for helping to make it happen.”
The event concluded with a competitive Senior Bowl game, held on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The Senior Bowl showcases the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South coached by the staffs of two NFL teams. (This year’s staffs were from the Bengals and Lions.) The event also brings a “who’s who” in the world of football to Mobile for the week, providing QB Country campers the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the top minds in the game.
“I had a great experience at camp, just picking up on habits and things that can make my game so much better,” said camper and current QB Country trainee Trent Battle, a rising senior and top college prospect at local power Daphne High School. “It’s means a lot to have so many quarterbacks from around the country here in Mobile. It shows how big QB Country is, and it’s great to be able to make relationships with guys from Virginia, Georgia, all over.”
In conjunction with Draft Prep camp, QB Country held its first-ever sports media mini camp for aspiring sports journalists in grades 6-12 in partnership with Play by Play Sports Broadcasting Camps. Participants covered the Senior Bowl and Draft Prep experience, and trained with local and national sports journalists, including Rhett Lewis (NFL Network), Herbstreit (ESPN), George Whitfield (ESPN), Ben Thomas (AL.com) and staff from Play by Play Camps. Campers also took the field as credentialed media for the Senior Bowl, getting field-level access for interviews and to practice on-camera stand-ups.
“What an experience this was,” said media camper Jake Sirkus, who traveled from Los Angeles to participate. “I met so many amazing people and got to cover dozens of players who I can’t wait to continue to follow as they enter the NFL.”