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July 4, 2014
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Local players head to elite camps

Nevada Union varsity football players Justus Spillner and Drew Daniels are determined to move past last season and help their team regain its winning form.

To do so, they are seeking some outside assistance this summer to help them become better players and leaders in their junior seasons.

Spillner, a junior quarterback, and Daniels, a junior wide receiver, have both been invited to attend FBU’s Top Gun camp in Dublin, Ohio from July 17-19, where they will work with several NFL coaches, and compete against other elite football players from around the nation.

Spillner said he has already learned a lot from coach Chris Miller, a former NFL quarterback he met at a camp earlier this year, and he hopes to expand on that at Top Gun.

“The experience I got from coach Miller is going to really help me in the season,” Spillner said. “I learned a lot of things that I’ve never been taught.

“(At Top Gun) I expect to learn a lot more, there will be the best of the best from the rest of the country.”

While Daniels will also be attending Top Gun, but as a wide receiver, he has also been invited to be part of the Team USA camp in Baltimore, Maryland this summer, where he will hone his skills as a defensive back.

“I hope to learn a lot from the coaches there,” Daniels said.

“They have a great staff at the FBU camps, and I’m just looking forward to see how I stack up with the other wide receivers.”

Daniels said he has many goals for the upcoming season, such as being a better player and leader, but one goal rises above the rest.

“I want to get a win to start,” he said.

“I’m the only player at NU without a win. I’m the only one who is 0-20 at the high school.”

Daniels was on a 0-10 freshmen team in 2012, and was called up to varsity before the JV team won a game in 2013.

“I want that “W” really bad,” he said. “I’m just going to focus on what I have to do and help my team and hopefully get several wins this season.”

Also venturing out to get some outside coaching is sophomore defensive end and tight end Jordan O’Hara, who will be attending a Team USA camp in Los Angeles this summer.

The 6 foot, 3 inch, 210 pound sophomore said he hopes to raise his skill level and bring back what he learns from the experience.

“I just hope to improve my skill level and become a better leader, and to learn,” O’Hara said.

“I just want to raise my skill level and bring it back to NU and help my team.”

All three players have statistical milestones they want to meet this season, but what is most important to them is getting wins, they said.

Nevada Union football opens the season Aug. 29 when it travels to face Placer.

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