CAMPS

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spread­ing the wealth, as far as time coach­ing line­men goes.

“I’m ex­cited about it,” Hoff said. “Of­fen­sive line is a time in­ten­sive po­si­tion. Prob­a­bly the most time in­ten­sive po­si­tion to coach that there is. I’m ex­cited about Trey be­ing here, though. It’s good for our guys to get a young guy’s voice in there with some col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence. I loved do­ing it, and I still will do it some, but this gives me a chance to be ev­ery­where on the field more dur­ing prac­tice time.”

Camps’ abil­ity to tu­tor a unit that, aside from Ben­son, is fairly green over­all, will likely be a de­ter­min­ing fac­tor on just how fast East­side’s young, skill-tal­ent-rich of­fense can gel dur­ing the sea­son that’s less than three weeks away from kick­off.

“Ev­ery­thing still re­volves around that group,” Hoff said. “They’re the heart and soul of you’re team. You can have great skill guys and a great quar­ter­back and all of that, but if you can’t block for them, you’re in trou­ble.”

Camps said he met Hoff dur­ing a re­cent coach­ing clinic in At­lanta. When they con­nected, there was no po­si­tion avail­able for Camps. But that changed sev­eral weeks later when Camps re­ceived a phone call from Hoff ask­ing if he was in­ter­ested.

“And we just worked from there,” Camps said. “It’s was a bless­ing. It was def­i­nitely a real bless­ing.”

And he’s hit the ground run­ning — case in point, his lack of shy­ness to bark in­struc­tion and mo­ti­va­tion to even the most dec­o­rated East­side play­ers.

“For me, the stan­dard is the stan­dard, no mat­ter if the kid is an SEC com­mit or a fresh­man start­ing out,” Camps said. “If I’m not yelling, then I don’t care. If I’m yelling at you, it’s not out of a place of be­ing mad or up­set, but it’s that I see more in you. And even more so I should be on your case with a guy like Ben­son, be­cause ob­vi­ously the tal­ent’s there. I’m just out here to keep push­ing you to take that four star (ranking) to a five star.”

And ac­cord­ing to the new­est Ea­gle coach, the play­ers are re­spond­ing pos­i­tively to his coach­ing pas­sion.

“I think when other guys see that — see some­one get­ting af­ter the guy who’s a leader on their team, and he re­sponds to it, it helps those guys see that ev­ery­one is held to the same stan­dard,” he said. “I think that helps push ev­ery­one, the whole unit, to grow.”

Al­though East­side’s lost 25 se­niors, in­clud­ing a three-year starter at quar­ter­back in Austin Hol­loway, and 2016 start­ing tail­back An­thony Brown, both Camps and Hoff feel good about the sta­ble of run­ning backs re­turn­ing. Shifty ju­nior, Taylor Carter will team up with a pair of Rock­dale trans­fers in se­nior Tyon Davis and ju­nior Jor­dan Rogers.

Hoff says any of the three is the kind of back that doesn’t need a large crease to break a big run.

“We al­ways want to run the ball, and we’ve got a great group of backs who are un­selfish and push each other ev­ery day,” Hoff said. “Our line sees that, and they know they don’t have to cre­ate six­foot holes. Our backs can hit it and they can hit it run­ning.”

But that doesn’t mean Camps won’t be push­ing hard for his front to be as ac­tive as pos­si­ble.

“On the high school level, what you can be changes year to year de­pend­ing on what you’ve got,” Camps said. “But one thing you can do is coach them to be have the men­tal­ity to play ag­gres­sive, play fast and play hard. I want to be ag­gres­sive up front. I want coaches to say, even if we lose a game, I want them to say, ‘Man, ya’ll are tough.’”

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