Wildcats host football skills camp

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan football team hosted the second annual Skills Camp at the Superior Dome. Combined with Monday’s Big Man camp, over 180 campers from five states participated in special drills designed to provide the players with essential football fundamentals. Wildcats head coach Chris Ostrowsky says the turnout has been great.

“For me, it’s the greatest game in the world. I think football teaches you so many things about how to be successful in life and how to stick with something when it gets hard, because it’s not easy and it not for everything or everybody. I think these kids out here working hard in the middle of the summer shows how much dedication they have to football and we’re excited to have them here,” Ostrowsky said.

The students received instruction from current NMU coaches and players, as well as former Wildcats like Steelers wide receiver Marcus Tucker. He says it’s important for high schoolers to get used to the college game.

“It’s about getting acclimated to the atmosphere here and get acclimated with what it takes to become a college football player. It takes a lot of hard work. It takes dedication. It takes the learning aspect of the game. It’s just a lot that kids got to get used to coming out of high school. For them to be here, it’s just great for them to see college coaches and to get under that coach and understand what this is about,” said Tucker.

Information about other summer camps in available on the NMU Wildcats website.