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A day of transition
By Bobby Bowden
Special to

Bobby Bowden and family are at Troy State University in Troy, Ala., this week, running the 15th Annual Bowden Academy for quarterbacks and receivers. Bobby runs the camp with his sons Steve, Tommy, Terry and Jeff and son-in-law Jack. He is writing a daily diary for as he prepares for his 25th season at Florida State.

Wednesday, June 20, 2001
Wednesday means transition. Out with the old, in with the new. It also means a day of rest for me.

Jeff Bowden
New Florida State offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden talks to some of the players at the Bowden Academy.
Our first session ended this morning around 10:30 a.m. after a one-hour field exercise. The players went through a brisk workout, making all the throws and running all the routes we worked on the past few days. We coaches can see the improvement since Monday morning. The players gave a little extra effort, knowing that today is the end of their training. Very few of these players are all-stars. Most are young men with room for improvement, and that's why we're able to help make them become better quarterbacks and receivers. They are interested in becoming better athletes. Their desire to improve makes them teachable.

When practice ended this morning, we presented trophies to outstanding players at each position, spoke a few minutes about the importance of practicing what they've learned and then sent them home. There was a five-hour gap before we began registration for the second session at 3 p.m. Then the cycle began again.

Since the inception of this football camp in 1986, I have spent camp week in the dorm with my sons and the rest of our staff and players. It's like being in college all over again. I enjoy the atmosphere and camaraderie of campus life. I also enjoy the extended sleep I can get on Wednesday. I went into my dorm room around 11 a.m. and didn't re-emerge until about 6 p.m. that evening.

The enrollment numbers are lower this week -- only about 65 campers, compared with 170 last week. These kids will get a lot of individualized attention. Lots of time to talk together.

This is a good occasion to pause and thank athletic director Johnny Williams, head coach Larry Blakeney, the athletic support staff, the folks in charge of residential life and food services and others who make this campus a great locale for summer camps. Troy State's campus is small enough to be convenient, yet large enough to meet our needs.

The new campers went through their first practice last night. Tomorrow morning we'll be in full swing. We've got some very good athletes in this group. I'm eager to observe.

Bobby Bowden Q&A

Camp diaries: Getting started at the Bowden Academy

Camp diaries: Repetition is the key to success

Camp diaries: It's all in the footwork

Camp diaries: Bowden Ball

Camp diaries: Important lessons

Tommy Bowden Q&A