CAMP TURNOUT SOLID
Despite the drama surrounding its missing superstar, Thursday's opening day at the Adrian Peterson Football Camp had a nice turnout.
With the absence of Peterson, campers were offered a full refund on the $199 payment if they no longer wanted to attend. Not many exercised that option.
“We had a total of like 15 kids who didn't want to come,” said Gregg Darbyshire, the CEO of ProCamps. “But we have about 300 that are out here participating.”
Although the absence of Peterson hurt the draw, the camp was able to scramble quickly and locate three former Sooners to help out.
“We are just grateful that Mark (Clayton) was able to come up from Dallas, Jason (White) is here locally and DeMarco (Murray) is here tomorrow,” Darbyshire said.
WHITE REMEMBERS CAMP
The campers may benefit from the instruction of a former Heisman winner, but Jason White said he gets more out of the camp than the kids.
“It is unbelievable to see the kid's faces and watch them work hard,” White said. “And when they learn something, you know they learned it because their face just lights up. I really enjoy doing this.”
And before he starred at OU, White remembers when he was just in the same position as these young kids.
“There have been a couple kids with some good mechanics at quarterback,” White said. “This is where it starts for some kids and this is where it started for me.”
As the lone NFL player in attendance, there was no way Mark Clayton could avoid the lockout questions.
And when those questions came from the media, Clayton seemed optimistic about the current situation.
“Supposedly they were in talks this week so hopefully things will get done and we will hear something in a little bit,” Clayton said. “It sounds like a lot of what we asked for, apart from finances, we have been able to agree upon.
“So at this point we are just waiting for the final say. It seems like it is close, so that is positive.”