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Morgan Academy’s Dalton Lee drops back for a pass during spring practices earlier this year. The Senators will host a 7-on-7 passing camp on July 19. -- Robert Hudson

Senators preparing to host camp

Published 9:58pm Friday, July 6, 2012

The Morgan Academy Senators football team is continuing its offseason program by hosting a 7-on-7 camp, as it looks to get a little more work in before practices start in August.

The Senators will host a number of Alabama Independent School Association teams for a 7-on-7 passing camp on July 19 at 4 p.m.

Bob Taylor, head football coach of Morgan Academy, said the Senators are finalizing which opponents will be attending, as East Memorial Christian Academy, Evangel Christian Academy, Lee-Scott Academy are among the teams that will be there, with four more teams possibly attending.

Taylor said the camp will give the primarily run-oriented Senators a chance to polish up on their passing game, as well as work on their defensive pass coverages.

“It gives us a chance to work on our reads for our passing game stuff,” Taylor said. “We do primarily run the ball a lot, but this year we’re going to have to depend on opening it up a little bit more, and 7-on-7 helps. It helps with your defense, it helps your secondary by allowing them to play pass defense. I think it helped us last year against folks when we went to 7-on-7s the last couple of years. I think it helps us all the way around.”

While the camp gets the players in a football state of mind with a little competition, it will also give the Senators a chance to evaluate some of their younger players.

“Some of them, it’ll be their first 7-on-7 experience and it’ll allow them the opportunity to get some work in against some of those older guys like they did in the spring,” Taylor said. “It gives us an opportunity to evaluate them, much like play dates in basketball. It allows us to see what they can do and can’t do. I know it’s not tackling, but we’ll see them running their routes, catching the football, and working on coverages.”

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