East Gadsden High School Jaguar football players Antwan Matthews and Wiley Williams recently attended the Nick Saban Crimson Tide Football Camp at the University of Alabama.
Williams, serving as a running back in his junior year, said, “The experience can only help me to improve, and I’m glad I had the chance to go.”
Matthews, also a junior last year, said, “They really put you to the test with some very intense training, and I accomplished a lot.”
The camp is a non-contact, skill-teaching camp that is designed to give each athlete a solid foundation in the football fundamentals needed to excel at his position. Led by University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban and his staff, each player received hands-on instruction as he participated in drills and practices simulating those of the university’s team.
Both athletes will be seniors this year and are hoping to showcase their skills in the upcoming year. In addition to the training, Matthews and Williams received Alabama T-shirts and certificates of completion, as well as a personal profile with scores for attitude, effort and technique.
Coach Harrison Smith, who chaperoned the trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., was satisfied that both athletes received the same expert coaching that every Alabama player receives. The coach noted that the students represented themselves and their school very well, as well as their families. He received numerous compliments from the university on the skill and sportsmanship of both athletes.