Another year, another successful UWF football camp

One had to wonder if somewhere on the agenda for the University of West Florida’s Friday Night Lights football camp if Argonauts head coach Pete Shinnick drew up near-perfect weather for it.

A brief downpour occurred just as the camp started at Pen Air Field in Pensacola. There was a only a sprinkle. The expected rainfall from Tropical Storm Barry out in the Gulf was held in check.

In the nearly three hours in between the bouts of precipitation, there was plenty of sunshine and humidity as high school football players from across the state and beyond, including from Navarre, competed in various drills and one-on-one competitions.

A picture-perfect sunset painted the sky as the camp entered its final hour.

“God was gracious,” Shinnick said.

Now in its fifth year, the camp attracted about 250 participants, including close to 65 walkups. More were expected for the Sunday Night Showdown Camp at the end of the weekend.

“When we started this thing (in 2015), we just hoped to get a couple of hundred kids out here. I’m extremely pleased with the turnout,” Shinnick said.

Read the full article in the July 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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