Ram coaches and players ply their wares at U of M football camp



In what has become a nearly annual rite of the summer football camp season, Rockford head football coach Ralph Munger was once again a teacher at the University of Michigan’s Wolverine Technique School held June 17th through the 20th in Ann Arbor. Munger was joined for the second year by Ram assistant David Lee.

Munger and Lee were joined by fifteen of their charges from the Rockford football team ranging from freshmen to upcoming seniors. Munger said that there were many attributes that stood out about this year’s version including several positive thoughts from important figures in Michigan’s current regime.

“It was a great week as always,” said Munger. “We heard wonderful messages from a number of former players and coaches as well as valuable field time. And Brady Hoke (current Michigan head football coach) gave an excellent talk at the end.”

Munger also made a valiant attempt at crediting all of the Rams who made the trek east to attend.

“I don’t know if I can remember all the names but here’s a few; Chase Hankins, Michael Harrigan, Brandon Houle, Cole Laing, Jimmy Olewinski, Taylor Christophel, Connor Christophel, Josh Zibkowski, Nick Alferink, Derek Scholl, Drew Schwandt, Zach Lecceadone, Tyler Bradfield, Branden King and one freshman who I can’t think of his name right now,” said Munger. (It is tough being a freshman.)

Several other Rockford football players also attended camps at other venues as well.

“A good number of our athletes have been attending numerous football camps, but I can’t remember all of them because of the number of camps and participants,” stated Munger. “One of our young kickers (Sam Corey) headed over to Michigan State University and earned kudos for winning the kicking competition in the freshman group with the longest field goal in his age group (45 yards).  I asked for a report and his mom (Michelle) added that Sam only missed on one opportunity the entire day.  I’m not sure who is attending Central Michigan’s Camp (they do a real nice job) but Jarrett Sobkowiak was there for sure. As I mentioned there are a number of our young men who have been out and about going to all sorts of camps in an effort to improve, be seen by and to meet college coaches and to visit different campuses and get a feeling for a college environment.”

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