Football: Hubs suit up for one-week lineman camp

Senior John Green leads a group of Rochelle Hub football players through a series of blocking drills during the team’s one-week lineman camp session this past Thursday. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Returning and incoming football players share team bonding experience

ROCHELLE — Offensive and defensive linemen shared the spotlight this past week, when the Rochelle Hub football team held its one-week lineman camp for new and returning players. The camp allowed players to improve their skills in the trenches as well as their team chemistry.

“We run our skills camp during the morning, but the lineman camp is an opportunity for these guys to come out here and bond,” coach Erick Olson said. “It’s important that we have this camp and reward these guys for all of the hard work they’ll be putting in this season. They don’t score touchdowns or catch passes because we run the football as much as we can. Being a lineman for the Rochelle Hub football team isn’t an easy task because it’s smash-mouth football.”

Offensive and defensive lineman, as well as tight ends, worked through blocking and formation drills during the four-day camp this past week, which kicked off on Monday before concluding on Thursday. Thursday’s session concluded with a cookout for both coaches and players. Olson said the focuses for linemen on both sides of the ball included physicality and proper technique.

“We’re a power-running football team so we have to be able to block and keep our pads down,” Olson said. “We have to be physical. We break down more pass-rushing techniques and we focus on our hips and our footwork. Getting good reps in with our pads on is important and we want to continue to build from there. Building that bond is really important for our linemen. We’re not dropping back into pass protections, we’re getting after people on every single snap.”