Wednesday morning marked the beginning of the two-day Kenny Wheaton Flexbone Offense tune-up camp.
Harding University Quaterback and Fullback Coach Kenny Wheaton — one of the originators of the midline option — has been running the flexbone offense for over 36 years. He is considered an expert where the offense is concerned and has been coming to Altus for years to run the team through his tune-up camp.
Altus Bulldogs Head Football Coach Todd Vargas and Wheaton are quite familiar with each other as Vargas has been using Wheaton since his days as the Dickson Comets coach.
“As long as I’ve ever been a part of this offense, we’ve always been associated with him. He’s a guy that we communicate with during the year, all the time to ask questions and solve problems,” Vargas said. “He’s a great guy and he’s willing to do anything to help our program.”
Wednesday’s camp had the Bulldogs focusing on the “big five,” which are the basic plays of the flexbone offense. The team also focused on the techniques of each position on the offensive side of the ball. The key Wednesday was focusing on the little things and perfecting what is necessary to ensure a misstep does not affect the offense’s ability to preform.
“We feel like it’s the perfect offense for our kids and really this community. It’s a run-orientated offense and we feel like it allows kids at any athletic level to be able to have success. If you go out in spread offenses you have to have kids that can throw, runners that can catch, and kids that have to be highly skilled to be highly successful and it’s not that our kids aren’t skilled by any means,” said Vargas. “We’re very skilled and very athletic but it offers an opportunity for any kid to be able to find a position to play. We feel like it fits our kids and to be honest with you, we feel like it’s truly one of the best offenses you can run in high school. It’s predicated off of rules and we feel like we have an answer for any defensive scheme or gameplan against us.”
That is one of the reason Vargas loves bringing Wheaton in to coach. He says the familiarity between Wheaton and his players and coaches is something that is invaluable for his program and having Wheaton’s knowledge base at the ready for this camp is tremendously helpful.
“Today went great. We felt great. We went out there and we didn’t wear shoulder pads or helmets. We went out there in our blues and tried to provide an environment where we could really learn,” said Vargas. “We slowed it down. The kids responded well and there was great effort. We came in for a break and watched film with them and talked about some things with Kenny. It’s just a really scaled-down environment to really learn. Just little things like steps, angles…Things that are really crucial for our offense to have success.”
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.