Russell and Company Put on Youth Football Camp

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III
Over fifty campers took part in the Neshoba County Youth Football "Skills and Drills" camp in Philadelphia Saturday morning, featuring Tyler Russell. The NFL hopeful was joined by former Mississippi State quarterback Tyson Lee and Chicago Bears Wide Receiver (and former Ole Miss quarterback) Michael Spurlock

Former MSU quarterback Tyson Lee and former Ole Miss quarterback Michael Spurlock talk at the end of Tyler Russell's "Skills and Drills" youth football camp in Philadelphia.

Over fifty campers took part in the Neshoba County Youth Football "Skills and Drills" camp featuring Tyler Russell on Saturday monring in Northside Park in Philadelphia.

The campers learned fundamentals of the game, such as how to drop back and throw a pass, how to take a hand-off and how to run receiver routes.

Russell was joined by other well-known Mississippi athletes, such as former Mississippi State quarterback Tyson Lee and Chicago Bears wide receiver (and former Ole Miss quarterback) Michael Spurlock, who now resides in Philadelphia. Lee says he and Russell became good friends when Tyler arrived in Starkville during his senior year. He spoke about what he and the other helpers wanted to convey to the young campers.

"The main thing that Tyler wanted to do was focus on the skills and drills. It's not so much position-specific, but teaching the guys the things that will help them be better in junior high [and] high school," said Lee. "And I felt like all the stations we had today will help them be better athletes."

Spurlock said, more than anything, he wanted to emphasize to campers how important it is to work diligently and finish what they start.

"We can teach you everything else, but I can't teach you to work hard and finish," said Spurlock. "That's one thing Tyler emphasized."

Greg Fulton is the director of Neshoba County Youth Football. He said it's great to have familiar faces like Russell, Lee and Spurlock at the camp.


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