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June 12, 2014

College football: Bloomsburg assistant holds linemen camp

BLOOMSBURG — Several years ago, Bloomsburg offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Brian McBryan was at summer seven-on-seven camp.

It’s great summer work for the skill players on a football team, but for the offensive linemen? Not so much.

“I’d look over at the linemen and they didn’t really have anything to do, but hang out,” McBryan said. “I thought there was something missing. They have the big man camps with the competitions, but there wasn’t anything teaching all aspects of line play.”

McBryan started his offensive line camp eight years ago at Lebanon Valley College and two things pushed him to begin the camp: his former player Jhari Evans being drafted to the NFL and his wife pushing him to do it.

“After Jhari was drafted, my wife really pushed me to start this camp,” McBryan said. “The only camps that work on offensive line play are the team camps. They can be real expensive because they four days and overnight.”

After six years at Lebanon Valley College, McBryan moved his camp last year to Bloomsburg University and on Saturday, the McBryan Offensive Line Clinic will be held at Danny Hale Field on the upper campus of Bloomsburg University.

Joining McBryan at the camp will be Evans along with former Bloomsburg standout Brian Clarke, who is a priority free agent for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets assistant coach Mike Devlin.

However, McBryan also points out that though the big names are the draw, his camp wouldn’t be nearly as successful without the other coaches brought in to help teach.

“Jhari is the draw and he helps instructs the kids, but this camp wouldn’t be as successful without the coaches we bring in to help out,” McBryan said. “There are guys from Division II and Division III that are head coaches or coordinators that all share a love of offensive line play.”

There will be 175 players are the camp, including linemen from Southern Columbia, Selinsgrove, Danville, Shikellamy and Montoursville.

“The coaches that have been here before really like it,” McBryan said. “It’s really a catalyst (for the linemen) to start their preparation for the season.”

The players will receive instruction on all aspects of line play. The morning session is spent on run blocking with the afternoon session dedicated to pass blocking.

McBryan has already seen results from his camp in its eighth year of existence; Clarke came to the camp when he was in high school at Hanover, while current Bloomsburg captain Ryan Geiger also attended the camp in high school.

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