Monday, February 21, 2011
NAPLES — Ignition Athletics Performance Group held a speed training camp for youth football players at Barron Collier on Saturday afternoon.
Ignition is currently in Naples conditioning NFL prospects getting ready for the NFL combine at the end of this month.
Performance director Clif Marshall and his staff brought several prospects to BCHS to speak and coach the youth players.
“We’re going to work the guys on the same drills and the same fundamental techniques that we’re working the NFL prospects on — becoming faster, becoming quicker, more explosive, more agile, and just overall to become a better athlete,” Marshall said.
Among the prospects in attendance was Texas defensive lineman Sam Acho.
Acho, a two-time All-American, had a stellar senior year with 59 tackles (17 for a loss), nine sacks, 18 pressures, five forced fumbles and led the nation with five fumble recoveries.
“My whole career at Texas was awesome. I loved every minute of it,” Acho said. “We have the best coaches, the best fans, the best team. The whole four years was unbelievable.”
Acho graduated from Texas in December to focus on his training in Naples and improve his draft stock. He didn’t want to worry about online classes or homework.
“Colt McCoy really emphasized finishing school before you go to train,” Acho said. “I wanted to finish in December so I could have the entire spring to train and focus on that.”
Several mock drafts have the defensive end slated to be picked up in the second round. Acho is looking to improve that position performing well at the combine and Texas’ pro day.
There isn’t a specific team the Dallas native hopes to play for in the NFL.
“We have no control over where we go,” Acho said. “Whatever team picks me, I’ll be able to adapt to their system.”
Impressed with his off-field character, as well as athletic ability, Marshall brought Acho in to speak to the players about more than just being a football player.
“He’s a great athlete, but also a great guy all around,” Marshall said. “He’s won a number of awards for character off the field and for his academics. He’s a great student at the University of Texas.”
The Longhorn spoke to the approximately 100 youth athletes about the importance of loving what they do and stressed the importance of academics.
“I think passion for whatever you do is more important than technique or size or skill because if you don’t love the sport or game you’re a part of, then you aren’t going to be able to succeed at it,” Acho said. “No matter how good of an athlete you are, if your grades aren’t good enough, then you aren’t going to be able to play in college.”
Article Published in Naples Daily News, Posted February 19, 2011
TEAM IGNITION would like to recognize our Florida sponsors:
Staybridge Suites of Naples
North Collier Regional Park
Barron Collier High School
Matthews and Gardner Catering
Dr. Kevin Myrmo, Chiropractor
Performance Physical Therapy Group
Thank you for all your support and dedication to our program for the past 2 years - we look forward to many more!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Ignition welcomes to the family, the 2011 NFL Draft Class with 34 players representing 18 NCAA Conferences. We are recognized as one team pursuing one dream. "We press on towards the goal." (Philippians 3:14)
QB Adam Froman: Louisville
WR Aldrick Robinson: Southern Methodist
DL Alex Albright: Boston College
CB Anthony Gaitor: Florida International
TE Ben Guidugli: Cincinnati
TE Charles Clay: Tulsa
LB Courtney Lane: Abilene Christian
OL DJ Young: Michigan State
WR Edmund Gates: Abilene Christian
S James Vercammen: Dayton
CB Johnny Patrick: Louisville
CB Kevin Rutland: Missouri
WR Lestar Jean: Florida Atlantic
WR Mark Dell: Michigan State
LB Nate Bussey: Illinois
DL Sam Acho: Texas
CB Ryan Jones: Northwest Missouri State
WR Armand Robinson: Miami Oh
S Dwight Fluker- Berry: Norfolk St
WR Joe Horn: Ashland
RB Armand Smith: Union
WR Chris Matthews: Kentucky
WR Greg Ellingson: Florida International
LB Cobrani Mixon: Kent State
S Brian Lainhart: Kent State
OL Ben Laamak: Iowa State
OL David Mimms: Virginia Union
DL Jabari Fletcher: App State
OL Brad Serini: Florida International
OL Jason Kelce: Cincinnati
LB Brian Duncan: Texas Tech
WR Jeremy Lefrance: Akron
OL Byron Bell: New Mexico
DL Ricky Lumpkin: Kentucky
CB Ramon Broadway: Arkansas
Two of the position coaches that assisted the NFL Prospects who are training at Ignition were hired in the NFL this week. Ike Hilliard accepted a position with the Miami Dolphins and Chuck Bresnahan took a job with the Oakland Raiders. Last season the two coaches were both in the UFL as part of the coaching staff for the Florida Tuskers. During their time spent at Ignition, these two coaches worked with players on how to become a Pro on and off the field. They also to spent time teaching players how to impress at the NFL Combine in their positional work and interviews. Ignition congratulates both coaches on their new promotions.