Monday, February 21, 2011

Up to speed: Texas All-American Acho, Ignition coach up Collier youth

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 thanks local sponsors in Naples, FL

TEAM IGNITION would like to recognize our Florida sponsors:

Staybridge Suites of Naples
North Collier Regional Park
Barron Collier High School
Jason's Deli
Matthews and Gardner Catering
Dr. Kevin Myrmo, Chiropractor
Performance Physical Therapy Group
SPA 41
Outback Steakhouse

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

TEAM IGNITION welcomes Anthony Munoz

Hall of Fame Offensive Lineman, Anthony Munoz, works position drills with Team Ignition! Munoz also blessed our Ignition Athletes with his advice and motivation to take it to the next level in the NFL.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ignition Announces 2011 NFL Draft Class

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)

Ignition Florida

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

Ignition Ohio

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

Bresnahan and Hilliard accept offers to become NFL Coaches

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.