Thursday, July 18, 2013
Hawks participate in ReceiverTech
By BARRY BURLESON
Former professional football player Scott Collie brought his receiver skills training to the Holly Springs High School practice field last week.
Eight Hawks attended ReceiverTech, a program focused on the techniques of route running and pass catching.
“We’re only allowed so many hours to work with the kids and there’s so much we need to work on,” said Chris Rankin, head coach at Holly High. “It’s tough to hit everything we need to hit.
“With him (Scott Collie) coming in on a day we are not working out, it allows him time to really break down the proper techniques.”
Collie played football at Brigham Young University from 1979-82 and played professionally in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and briefly in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers. His son, Austin Collie, is a receiver for the Indianapolis Colts.
“He (Collie) had sent out e-mails nationwide about ReceiverTech and he had yet to do anything in Mississippi,” Coach Rankin said. “I saw it as a tremendous opportunity – for kids to be hear from an NFL source.”
Rankin e-mailed other coaches in the area – inviting players from other schools, but there were conflicts with seven-on-seven and other workouts.
Eight Hawks participated Wednesday, July 10, plus a player from Little Rock, Ark.
“I would like to make it an annual thing,” he said. “We definitely want to get more kids involved.”
Rankin said the instruction, which included on-the-field and classroom work, was a lot packed into one day. The training included things such as creating separation without the need of ‘world class speed,’ down field blocking, catching with ‘soft’ hands and mental aspects of being a complete receiver.
“Our kids stayed focused the entire time, worked hard and were repeating things the day after that they had learned,” he said.
“They get to hear it from us all the time. It’s good for them to hear it from someone else.
“I had kids telling me – ‘we learned a lot.’ That makes it successful.”
Rankin also said ReceiverTech was beneficial for him and his assistant coaches.
“We were able to watch and listen,” he said. “All of us got something from it, too, that we can continue to use as coaches. We’re always looking for better ways to teach. It was good for us.”
Rankin said it’s obvious the Holly High players want to be successful, and it’s his goal to continue to build the program to new heights.
The first day of practice for the Hawks will be Monday, Aug. 5. They will scrimmage at Horn Lake on Friday night, Aug. 16. The season kicks off at home Friday night, Aug. 23, versus cross-county rival Byhalia.
This season Holly High will compete in Division 2-3A versus Charleston, Independence, M.S. Palmer, North Panola and Water Valley.
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