This past week was spring break to many college and high school student-athletes across the nation. IMG Academy football program offers camps throughout the year and for the week of March 11th highlights three campers: quarterback Bruce Reyes of Missouri Valley College, quarterback Dan Burkett of Washington University and class of 2013 defensive back Jason Reid of Westfield High School in Houstin, Texas.
Bruce Reyes stands at five-foot-eleven, 200-lbs. who was a two-time District MVP and Second Team All-State in high school. Reyes is one of IMG Academy football program's original campers attending the inaugural KICKOFF WEEKEND Mini-Camp June 4-6, 2010. Reyes extended his stay to attend the first weekly camp with Coach Weinke. In July 2010, Reyes attended the ALLMADDEN Mini-Camp and was selected to the inaugural 2010 IMG ALL-MADDEN Team. In preparation of his upcoming sophomore year at the collegiate level, Reyes returned to Bradenton, Fla. to learn under Coach Weinke.
Dan Burkett measures in at six-foot-two and half, 215-lbs, ready for his senior season at Washington University; a Division III program in Saint Louis, Missouri. Burkett earned All-Conference All-Academics honors in 2011 and majors in Biology Nuero Science with a minor in Health Care Management. Being a quarterback since his high school days, Burkett has never had a quarterback coach to learn from on a consistent basis. Burkett sought out quarterterback-specific coaching under Coach Chris Weinke in preparation for his senior year. Burkett is coming off of his most productive season yet with 1,639 passing yards and 16 touchdowns with his eyes set on taking his play a higher level in his senior season.
Jason Reid impressed IMG Academy football program coaches at five-foot-nine, 165-lbs with his athleticism, self motivation, and coachability. Bumped up to varsity as a sophmore, Reid saw most of his time as a special teams player, a unit that didn't allow a single touchdown all year and was amongst the best in the district. Following a 4th round appearance in the state playoffs in 2011, Reid plans to earn a bigger role on the defensive side of the ball, maintain his special teams roll while he and his teammates have their eyes set on a state championship.
Following their work outs, the three of them took time out of their vigorous training to talk about their overall experience at IMG Academyâ¦
â¦ How they heard about IMG Academy and eventually decided to attend
âI had heard good things about training here from peers back at high school so in 2010 I attended both a camp and the ALL-MADDEN Mini-Camp. Training here elevated my game and based off of my prior experience I knew I could come back and get really good coaching to get ready for my sophomore year at the college level.â
âMy dad looked online and did his research on IMG Academy, their overall facilities and coaching staff. Throughout my high school career I have attended a lot of quarterback camps and wanted to go all out in preparing for my senior year. I came here because Coach Weinke has the history of developing quarterbacks and knew learning from him could only make me better.â
âI knew I wanted to attend camp somewhere to elevate my game for my senior year so my god mother looked up camps online. We checked out a lot of camps and eventually saw videos and the coaching staff here at IMG Academy football program which caught our eye.â
â¦ What things they will take away from training at IMG Academy
âCoach Weinke has helped me simplify things breaking down my mechanics which has allowed me to think less while I perform. Coach has worked with me on not rushing my throws and staying under control when the pass rush is heavy, really helping me develop more of a pocket presence. Learning to have my lead arrow foot pointing at my target and understanding different ball speeds has helped me excel on the field.â
âFor me I had no quarterback coaching in high school or at Washington. I've always been comfortable with my upper body from a throwing standpoint but Coach Weinke has shown me a lot with my lower body. I have improved most on my footwork; I came in all over the place with my feet. Coach Weinke breaks down and relates to you as a player, I have become relaxed, more fluid and learned how to generate power through my legs. Previously, I solely used my arm to make throws putting stress on my elbow which most likely lead to my elbow surgery a few years back. Training here I have really learned the kinetic chain from the lead arrow foot/perpendicular back foot all the way up to my release point. The best thing is having one set of instruction from an established coach to train by versus bits and pieces from different coaches, Coach Weinke has been great.â
âI came here to gain an edge on my peers and really improve my techniques; I have definitely gotten a lot better this past week. I have been getting coached on the little things that seem small but when you can get in and out of breaks in one step versus two or three it makes a big difference. Training here you get to experience the next level coaching which I feel will translate to on the field success and my eventual goal to play division one football.â