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Mitchell's camp a thrill for the youngsters

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By Jenna McKenna

Big Mo Mitchell showed once again why he was the terror of the Southeastern Conference last week, as he completed pass after pass with defenders hanging off him. Mitchell, a former University of Florida offensive lineman and current Bronson football assistant coach, nevertheless took the snaps and drove his team forward against upstart challenger Jake Williams, a defensive menace on last year's Bronson Eagle squad.

After two great days of skills, drills and film at Mitchell's All-Star Football Camp, Mitchell and Williams led their teams to the field to face off, and the camp's accomplishments were evident in the throwing, catching and running shown in the game.

“I told the kids it doesn't matter who won today, we're all winners at this camp,” Mitchell said.

Distinguished visitors to the camp included current Pittsburgh Steeler and former UF star Dallas “Touchdown Maker” Baker, and current UF linebacker Brandon Hicks. Both players signed autographs, played with campers and displayed large and impressive rings – Baker's from the Super Bowl and Hicks' from last year's National Championship.

Mitchell said the camp was a success, and a great start to build on.

“I do several camps and usually when they start out, they start small,” he said.

“The one I started several years ago in St. Augustine had about 25 kids the first year, and this year they had 325. That's the kind of turnout I'd like to grow to.”

Mitchell said the All-Star Football Camp, which featured several Bronson varsity players acting as assistant coaches, would do much to help the program.

“Some of the proceeds will go to help players who are dedicated to the program get new gloves and cleats,” he said.

“We want to show them they will be rewarded for hard work.”