CMU Football: Players become teachers at youth camp

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Thursday, the CMU football players dropped the pads and picked up the whistle to lead their youth football camp. First through sixth graders ran through drills with the offense, defense and special teams.

The team is about three weeks into spring ball and have been worked hard figuring out who will play where on the depth chart. This event is a time for the players to shed the stress and interact with the kids of the community and have a little fun.

"That's one of the things we want our guys to understand," said head coach Russ Martin. "We want to be a part of the community in which we are playing. We love having the community coming out and supporting us so we want to do some things that are going to support the community. It's just a great opportunity for our guys to get out and work with some of these kids and develop an identity. When those kids start understanding, hey, I know who that is on the field. When they start seeing number ten, they start seeing number 17, they know who those players are."

"It's awesome," junior quarterback Rope Ruel said. "That's what it's all about, playing football and having fun. They come out and support us on Saturdays so it's nice to give back and support them."

"They get to have this much fun every Saturday or Friday night," sophomore tight end Dagan Rienks said. "It's just amazing to get out here and be able to be excited for them to make plays and just see the joy in their faces when they get to interact with us."

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