Steve Calhoun’s name might resonate with Nebraska football fans, stemming from his offseason work with Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez.
Now a number of Omaha-area quarterbacks will see just what he teaches.
Calhoun has scheduled one of his Armed and Dangerous clinics for April 27 and 28 at Buell Stadium at Millard South. The sessions for both youth and high school quarterbacks — and other skill-position players — will include teaching methods that Calhoun uses with Martinez.
“It’ll be the same things as we’re trying to get across to the older guys,” Calhoun said. “It’s all about fundamentals. The same way I train my NFL receivers and quarterbacks is the exact same program we’re going to run for our fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. You just have to be able to articulate to the kids what you want to get done.”
Calhoun’s connection to Martinez — the NU senior-to-be will visit him in Los Angeles again next month — was a definite reason behind his trip to Omaha. Calhoun first considered it when he visited for the Nebraska-Penn State game last November.
Unable to work something out with a Lincoln contact, Calhoun was pointed to Millard West Athletic Director Chris Loofe as somebody who could help him in Omaha. Among his other connections to Omaha was Tom Moore, a former Nebraskan living in Bakersfield, Calif., whose son, Evan, works with Calhoun.
“The fans are so passionate about the game there, so I would assume the players are, too,” Calhoun said from Los Angeles. “I just thought it’d be a great place to have a clinic and help a number of kids in the area.”
With the details recently finalized, Loofe emailed the Calhoun brochure to Metro Conference coaches and Class A athletic directors, with the request to also pass it down to their feeder programs.
“Because of the Taylor Martinez factor, I think there’s probably a lot of intrigue,” Loofe said. “It’s a pretty cool opportunity to attend one of Coach Calhoun’s camps.”
Calhoun will bring a staff of 12 to Omaha — six to work with quarterbacks; six with the wide receivers, backs and tight ends. Calhoun said he does about 12 camps a year across the country in addition to his instruction and clinics in Southern California.
Calhoun is shooting for about 100 participants in both the high school and youth camps. Participants in each go through a 3˝-hour session each day. It will be formatted like a camp Calhoun was doing this week in Atlanta.
“I’ve trained every one of my guys, so we all speak the same language when we’re out there,” he said. “I find that to be very important when you’re running a camp.”
The weekend clinic is $275 for quarterbacks and $250 for receivers. Registration can be done at www.armedanddangerous.com, with other information available by calling Calhoun at 714-501-4969 or Loofe at 402-715-6025.
Calhoun said Martinez will be at the camp’s first day to speak. Martinez said after the Husker spring game that he plans to work out in May again with Calhoun, who also has Cody Fajardo of Nevada, Keith Price of Washington and Cody Kessler of USC among his college protégés, as well as NFL quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Jimmy Clausen.
Martinez most recently worked with Calhoun for three days during spring break last month.
“He’s so close as far as consistency of his delivery and his footwork,” Calhoun said. “He made some progress last year. Just over spring break we made a lot of headway.”
Calhoun said he got a good vibe about Martinez’s spring after talking to the quarterback this week.
“He’s very happy,” Calhoun said. “It’s just his familiarity with the offense. He’s like, ‘I got it now. I know exactly what Coach (Tim) Beck is thinking. We’re thinking the same thing and on the same page.’ Just to be in that same system for two years now ... he feels real comfortable.”
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