Jones, teammates engage in Reed City skills camp this week
REED CITY — Andre Jones and his Reed City football teammates are in their skills camp this week, making final preparations for the official practice season that starts on Aug. 10.
Last week the Coyotes were continuing with their blocking camp.
Jones, also a standout track athlete, played basketball and baseball during the summer to stay in touch with those sports. Now it’s all football for the Coyote senior.
“We’re trying to get all the fundamentals down before skills camp and CUJO camp starts,” Jones said last week.
(CUJO is the Reed City theme for Coyotes United, Jeopardize Opponents.)
Prior to the skills camp, Jones and his teammates were finishing up on blocking camp.
“Really, it’s like linemen getting their steps down a little quicker and for the running backs and wide receivers to catch more balls, and for us to block, and to learn the fundamentals for blocking,” Jones said. “It’s helpful, it’s useful. You get a step ahead of the kids that aren’t here and not doing it.”
The camps are helpful for the younger players.
“It gives everyone a chance to know who each other is and teach them a lot before we get to camp,” Jones said. “The skills camp is where you work on your footwork and technique and your agility.”
That sets it up for CUJO camp.
Jones not only will be a key performer for Reed City in football and track next season, but also in basketball. The basketball Coyotes earlier this summer ended their offseason schedule.
“I believe we could have done better but things didn’t go our way,” Jones said.
The football season opens Aug. 28 at Baldwin. The Coyotes are four-time defending Central State Activities Association (CSAA) champions.
“We have kids that can replace kids,” Jones said. “It’s the same thing as every year. We lose kids. We have athletes at Reed City. Someone will step up and replace them.”