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NFL High School Player Development Camp

Presented by National Guard

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 26-27
WHERE: Lipscomb Field, Mobile

The NFL High School Player Development (HSPD) program addresses challenges facing high school football programs across the country. HSPD serves as a free resource for both high school players and coaches. The program emphasizes safety and concussion awareness, character development and skills, as well as football fundamentals.

Camps include:

  • Participants receive a 13-month HSPD Student Planner while coaches receive the matching HSPD Coach Planner (which includes character development curriculum).
  • Coaches also receive an HSPD Instructional DVD and Practice Plan (which explains how each football session should be run).

Gulf Coast Player of the Week

Mondays during football season (beginning Sept. 2) the Senior Bowl will name its 'Gulf Coast Player of the Week' on its weekly radio show, 'The Senior Bowl Locker Room Show,' on 105.5FM WNSP, and on

During the annual Senior Bowl game, the Player of the Year will receive a trophy and be honored on the field during a timeout in the game.

In 2013, McGill-Toolen quarterback Jason Smith was named the Gulf Coast Player of the Year after guiding the Yellow Jackets to the state playoffs. During his senior season, Smith threw for 1,566 yards and nine touchdowns while running for another 867 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was also named the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, as a wide receiver.