TORRINGTON – Jeff Burroughs, Logan Harris and Skyler Miller haven’t forgotten where they came from.
They returned home to Torrington in one of their only off weeks from summer workouts with the University of Wyoming Cowboy football team to help coach the third annual Football 101 youth camp.
“It’s super cool. This is the same kind of fields that Logan, Skyler and I grew up playing on and realized our love for the game,” Burroughs said. “To be able to come back and be able to help other kids realize their love for the game, in some form or fashion, is a really cool opportunity.”
Harris echoed those thoughts.
“It was fun especially knowing I once was at that level of play. It was humbling to know that’s where it all started,” he said. “If I would have been that age and someone came from the University of Wyoming and helped with a camp, I would have been thrilled. It was a cool opportunity to be able to do it.”
According to event organizer Kendra Stienmetz, the camp had 66 participants through the first two days of the camp, making it the largest Football 101 camp.
“I love working with the kids. They soak up everything,” Miller said. “They are here to have so much fun. They love the game. The best part is seeing the kids and their smiles on their faces when they are having fun.”
It also provided the trio with a nice change of pace from the stress of the summer workouts which is something they have been hard at work since the conclusion of the 2019 Brown and Gold Scrimmage.
The week of July 1-6 is one of only two weeks they get off this summer.
“By the third, fourth summer, it becomes a routine,” Burroughs said. “You get used to it and get comfortable with it.”
It’s a balancing act between classes, jobs and workouts, in addition to another unique opportunity.
“It’s a good opportunity to get better with your teammates, and a big time to get to know the incoming freshmen,” Burroughs said.
As recently as last week, Miller benched 500 pounds during the workouts.
“We are working hard up in Laramie. We are getting a lot of weight lifted and sweating a lot,” he said. “The strength coaches do a great job of getting us stronger.”
The Goshen County trio has three more weeks of summer works before they get some additional time off prior to official practice kicking off on Thursday, Aug. 1.
Then things will get serious quickly.
“We’ll be going six days a week, 12-hour days, getting better and getting ready for Missouri on Aug. 31,” Burroughs said.
The home opener against the Southeastern Conference foe kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
“I think it’s going to be a good year for us,” Harris said. “We are super excited. From the O-line aspect, I think I can speak for the rest of the guys on the offensive line, we get a whole other camp with coach (Bart) Miller. We really enjoyed spring ball with him and being able to learn new things under him.”
Dean’s Honor Roll
In addition to their accomplishments on the field, Miller and Burroughs were named to the UW Dean’s Honor Roll on July 2, having a 3.4 GPA or better. They are among 25 students from Goshen County who made the list.