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Jake Keefer Featured Speaker At Youth Football Camp

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Keefer and campers at the Western Wisconsin Youth Football Camp Keefer and campers at the Western Wisconsin Youth Football Camp
Wisconsin Defensive End Jake Keefer Wisconsin Defensive End Jake Keefer
Menomonie head coach Joe LaBuda Menomonie head coach Joe LaBuda

Menomonie (WQOW) -- High school football practices begin in just over a week. Today the next generation got some work in, while absorbing some wisdom from a current Wisconsin player.

The 22nd annual Western Wisconsin Youth Football Camp kicked off Sunday in Menomonie. The three-day camp is for players in 5th through 8th grades. More than 200 campers attended, with over 25 area high school coaches serving as counselors. Sunday's featured speaker was Baldwin-Woodville grad Jake Keefer, a sophomore defensive lineman with the Wisconsin football team.

 "Having Jake Keefer as a speaker tonight is really great because it's someone that they can really relate to," says camp organizer, and Menomonie head coach, Joe LaBuda. "He's from this area, he's been over here at camp before in Menomonie, so he's really a great guy to have speak because he made it in the Big Ten but he's a local product."

"It's a great thing that they're doing here, getting kids from all over the area. It's awesome. And I'm definitely advocating that they get as many kids as they can to come here because there are great coaches here that start the kids off right," adds Keefer.

Last season, Keefer mad the move from linebacker to defensive line. This season, he'll need to adapt to another change, this one at the coaching position. Gary Andersen is the new head man, a move Keefer says will mean big things for Wisconsin.
 
"I'm completely confident that he'll be a great fit at Wisconsin and we're just blessed to have him," adds Keefer. "He's a players first coach and he really cares about you, which means a lot. You've got a guy that you really want to play for and I know the state of Wisconsin is really going to embrace him. I'm really excited to look into the future. There's a lot of good things to come."

 

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