Incoming Blue Devil freshman kicker Alex Robles has given up a week of his summer vacation to improve his kicking game by participating in Coach Carol White’s Kick-Aid Kicking Camp. Coach White, a member of the American Football Coaches Association, is the first female football coach at an NCAA Division I-A institution. She has coached over 230 college football players and over 50 professional football players.
Completing his eighth grade year, Robles had an unusual season as an eighth grade football player. An overtime field goal earned his team a win against Pope. He was then pushed up to kick for the varsity Blue Devil team. Competing on the high school team, Robles’ score won the Region 2-3A Nettleton Game in overtime, and put the go ahead points on the scoreboard in the first Winona contest.
However, Robles was not content with a year that most eighth graders would have dreamed to have.
“I am here to get better as a kicker. They are really showing us the basics and I learned a lot. They are breaking the kick down into no steps, one step, and then finally the total kick,” Robles said. “We are also experimenting with a one inch tee rather than the two inch tee that I used last season. I just want to help my team out this upcoming season.”
Coach White holds camps at Auburn University, the University of Mississippi, Appalachian State Univer-sity, Coastal Carolina University, and Georgia Southern University.
She reports that her mission is to, “help high school programs develop the strongest possible special teams by training players who are young enough to contribute over a span of years.”