Casino del Sol College All-Star Blog Day 6 by Drew Zamora
TUCSON, Ariz. - It is day six of the Casino Del Sol All Star game week here in Tucson, Ariz. Today is essentially an off day for players and staff who got to sleep in a little today before short meetings with our separate teams. This blog will highlight some of the community events going on, sponsors and gear we have received, and some personal feelings on the game ahead.
Brian's blog touched on his experience at the kids camp from last night, but i thought i would share some from my time on the field with the kids. The specialist group (kickers, punters, and snappers) were in charge of running a kicking and punting station for the kids. I really enjoyed seeing the them attempting to kick field goals and challenging one another to see who could kick the farthest. Highlight of the camp was one little boy who told me that i could, "kick farther then his Dad could!" After drill work we signed about 20-30 autographs before heading over to a feast of a BBQ that the resort prepared for us.
Well Oiled Machine
Yesterday my practice took place inside Kino Stadium where i had a chance to get used to the surface. The field is in excellent shape and should be perfect to plant and kick off of tomorrow night! Snapper James Winchester (Oklahoma) and holder Jarret Lee (LSU) joined me as we got to work on our operation. Several spectators commented on our snap to kick operation telling us that it looked like "a well oiled machine" and that is seemed as if "we had been doing it together for the past 4 years, not just 3 days."
I have been getting a lot of questions about what type of gear and gifts we have received since getting here. Nike is the big apparel sponsor for the game and what a great sponsor it is to have! They gave us brand new Nike duffel bags that were loaded with shorts, shirts, All star game polos, and hats among other things! We also received a really nice Nike hooded sweatshirt and will be able to keep our custom nike game day jerseys.
I am truly blessed to have had the support of so many people throughout my life and career in football. My parents Mike, Lori, and younger sister Sierra arrived last night in Tucson for the the game tomorrow. They have been my foundation through highs and lows both on and off the field and have not missed a single college game in my whole career! Calling them expert travelers would be an understatement. It means the world to me to have them here this weekend for yet another game, and i hope there are many more in my future for them to come to.
Thanks for reading the blog! I hope everyone has cleared their schedule for Monday night to watch the Casino Del Sol All Star Game on Fox Sports Arizona. I will be wearing #48 in red for the Stars squad. Best Wishes and go Jacks!
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