Pro Football Combine Camp set for Friday


Former LSU and NFL player Jarvis Green is scheduled to appear at Fridays' Pro Football Combine Camp at Nicholls State. (Photo by File)


Jordan Legendre

Sports Correspondent

Thibodaux will once again be a gathering place for several current and former NFL players.

One week after the Manning Passing Academy, another camp for high school football players will be calling the Nicholls State campus home for a day.

The Pro Football Combine Camp is returning on Friday for the fifth-straight year and will be held at Nicholls' John L. Guidry Stadium.

The camp, hosted by Orthopedic Sports Specialists of Louisiana and Elias Sports Management, will begin at 7:30 a.m. with check-in beginning at 6:30 a.m. The cost of the camp is $50 with any boys in eighth to 12th grade eligible to attend. Walk-ins will be accepted.

The combine testing will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. with the pro players scheduled to arrive around 11 a.m. The football drills and one-on-one coaching sessions will follow at 1 p.m.

The estimated 200 to 300 boys attending Friday's camp will learn from current NFL players, many of whom attended LSU. Current NFL players expected to attend include St. Louis Rams' first-round pick Michael Brockers, Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Daniels, Pittsburgh Steelers' Al Woods and free agents Howard Green, who played the last seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Kevin Faulk, a longtime member of the New England Patriots, and Rudy Niswanger, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Former NFL players Jarvis Green, Richard Dickson, Mark Roman, Clarence LeBlanc, Randall Gay and Trev Faulk are also expected to attend. Former South Terrebonne standout Philip Livas, who was on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad last season, is also scheduled to be in attendance.

"These pro players are coming back multiple times," said Dr. David Elias, one of the founders of the camp, "They look forward to coming back every year."

The camp will consist of combine testing and scoring provided by Velocity Sports of New Orleans along with position specific training by local high school coaches. An awards ceremony along with a question-and-answer session will close the camp.

Seniors attending will also be eligible for a college scholarship. Winners of the 2012 scholarships are Alexander Becnel (E.D. White Catholic), Adeyemi Wheeler (Morgan City High), Seth Ward (Vandebilt Catholic) and Mary Sauce (E.D. White).

Elias had words of praise for the scholarship winners.

"This year's applicants, based on athletic performance, academic and community service, were extremely qualified," Elias said.

For the first time, the Pro Football Combine Camp will also sponsor a seven-on-seven challenge on July 19. Eight local teams will compete in the challenge held at Thibodaux High School.

Both the camp and the seven-on-seven challenge will be open to the public.

It is not the first camp Elias brought to the area this summer. On June 15, the Orthopedic Sports Specialists of Louisiana and the Louisiana Hand and Elbow Center presented the second-annual Girls Speed and Agility Camp at Guidry Stadium.

More than 50 girls participated in the camp.