Four Muskies off to NDSU football camp
The road trip has been so enjoyable the previous two times, Dougie deBernardeaux is bringing plenty of friends to share it with this time around.
The starting running back for the Muskie football team will be attending the North Dakota State University Bison high school football camp in Fargo from June 20-22 for a third-straight year.
“They’re pretty excited,” deBernardeaux said about his teammates’ feelings on the upcoming camp, which became an option when his dad, Doug, floated the idea of bringing along other interested players at a recent Muskie football meeting.
“They’re going to learn a lot, and they all think it’s going to be a good experience and help their game as football players,” deBernardeaux added.
NDSU has been a tower of football strength, especially recently, as it is the three-time defending NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Series title-holder, recognizing the top team in what formerly was known as Division 1-AA (or one level below what teams like the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers play at).
“I like learning more about the American game and not just the Canadian game,” said deBernardeaux, who again stands to be one of the top running backs in the Andy Currie Division of the Winnipeg High School Football League as he enters his Grade 10 season.
“They host part of the camp at the FargoDome, which is pretty cool, and there’s plenty of scouts there,” he noted.
“So if you’re doing good, you’re going to get noticed.”
More than 40 college coaches from across the U.S. Midwest helped out at the camp last year, where players are taught everything from basic pass routes to better blocking techniques.
“The drills I learned there last year on how to cut better certainly helped me last season,” said deBernardeaux, who wouldn’t mind becoming a more permanent guest at NDSU in the years to come.
“I definitely would like to play at NDSU,” he declared.
“I know the city well because my dad has worked there for a few years, I know the head coach [Chris Klieman], and I’ve already talked to some of the players on the team,” deBernardeaux.
“Everyone there has definitely given me lots of feedback, and the coaches have shown they are interested in me possibly playing there down the road.”
In related news, the Muskies’ spring football camp will be held June 2-6 at Fort High.
The camp runs nightly from 6-8 p.m., with no registration cost involved.
“It’s for anyone interested in learning about football and interested in playing for the Muskies this fall,” said new Muskie head coach Mike Cuzzolino.