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Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell's love for the game shines through in annual youth football camp

The Jay Norvell Football Camp concludes Wednesday at Whittier Middle School, wrapping up what the Sooners’ co-offensive coordinator calls one of his favorite events of each year.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 17, 2014

/articleid/4927128/1/pictures/2781281">Photo - University of Oklahoma's (OU) co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell's brother Aaron Norvell gets involved with Tug of War Tuesday during Jay's annual youth camp at Whittier Middle School on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
University of Oklahoma's (OU) co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell's brother Aaron Norvell gets involved with Tug of War Tuesday during Jay's annual youth camp at Whittier Middle School on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Norvell is aided each year by former Sooner receivers and brothers Travis and Corey Wilson. This year, former Norman North and Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton, OU graduate assistant Corey Callens and Norvell’s brother Aaron, a former Wisconsin linebacker who now works as an actor in Los Angeles, are also helping.

Travis Wilson, who played for OU between 2002 and 2005, is entering his second season coaching at Dallas’ Parish Episcopal School.

“It’s definitely a part of the year I look forward to,” he said. “(Working with younger kids) is a little bit of an adjustment, but at the same time, I’m a kid at heart.

“It’s not as stressful. It’s a lot more relaxed and fun, and the things that come out of their mouths will keep you very entertained. Time flies by with them.”

Norvell, who has been at Oklahoma since 2008 and also spent time on NFL coaching staffs in Indianapolis and Oakland, said the camp serves as an annual reminder of why he loves football so much.

“Kids need to be encouraged,” Norvell said. “We have a couple kids who maybe don’t get that attention when they go to other sports teams or games, but they come out here and give effort, and if you encourage that effort, you get more effort.

“It’s no different than we do with our OU players. You catch a kid doing something good and you praise him for it, all of a sudden he can’t wait to do it again.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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