Lord Botetourt football players have been participating in team and individual camps as official practice nears the last week of July.
The Cavaliers attended a team camp at Ferrum that stressed physical and mental skill development from June 27-30. There were 59 members of the LB team attending, and three other schools joined them, Dinwiddie High, Virginia High, and Queen City Collegiate Prep out of Charlotte, NC.
“It was a really good experience,” said LB coach Jamie Harless. “The kids worked from 5:30 in the morning until 10 at night.”
The Ferrum Camp wasn’t a full-contact camp. The Cavaliers did a lot of 11-on-11 work with shoulder pads.
Also, rising Lord Botetourt junior Kendal Howard attended a “Big Man Camp” at the University of Louisville on June 16 and was offered a scholarship by the Cardinal staff after an outstanding performance. Howard has made great progress since transferring to Lord Botetourt High after the first semester of his sophomore season.
“In January, he weighed 225 pounds and ran a 5.0 40,” noted Harless of the 6’3” lineman. “At the big man camp, he weighed out at 258 pounds and ran a 4.72. Since January, he’s increased his bench press by 75 pounds to 300 and squatted over 500.”
Howard came to LB after playing the 2021 fall season at William Byrd. He participated in track for the Cavaliers and finished fifth in the shot put in the state Class 3 meet in June with a heave of 48’ 3”.