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8/6/2013 11:05:00 AM
Senior Huskie serves as the pack leader
A future Huskie goes deep in day three of the camp. Photo by Erik Pague.
A future Huskie goes deep in day three of the camp. Photo by Erik Pague.
Erik Pague

Tanner Wagner, varsity running back for the Huskies, knows success comes from working hard and getting an early start, so he took it upon himself to organize this year's Pack Attack football camp for the second through sixth-graders as part of his senior project. The camp ran four days and with some help from some teammates and coaches, Wagner led football fundamental drills for a bunch of kids eager to call themselves Huskies.
"I ask them every morning how they're doing and if they're having a good time," Wagner said. "They're all saying they're ready to play football and that makes me really excited. It makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something."
Serving as the mentor for Wagner's senior project, Othello head coach Roger Hoell helped to come up with fun drills for the participants and give them an introduction to the way life goes as a Huskie. The camp put the young athletes through a number of different stations giving them a chance to try every position on the team.
"I was just trying to make it so I could involve the kids and make them have a good time," Wagner said. "I worked with Hoell a lot ... and we found drills that we thought would fit best for the kids and made it so they could all be involved."
The week concluded with a scrimmage that let the players switch positions and ensured everyone got at least a few snaps at quarterback.
"We're just trying to involve everybody and we don't want to leave people out," Wagner said.
Eventually, Wagner will write a paper and give a presentation to demonstrate what he learned serving as the kids' coach for a few days. But in the end, he looks at it as giving back to the program considering he participated in something similar at that age.
"My parents brought me to this every year and it was a great experience and that's what I wanted to do for my senior project," Wagner said.
He said getting involved in the sport early has contributed to his success and how seriously he takes football and treated the kids like they would be in his position someday.
"I like talking to them like they're going to be playing in high school," Wagner said. "I bring up how they're going to have a good time in high school, how they're going to want to do it in high school, along with how much of a benefit it is."
Wagner said the kids responded well to this approach and he feels like they learned some things that could stick with them once they're older.
"They all seemed to have fun even when I'm teaching them stuff and they liked learning," he said. "I was surprised how attentive the second graders were because they all were ready to learn football. It was really neat."

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