Five things learned from Osan football camp
Another in a series of looks at football camps around the Pacific.
Five things learned from the buzz emanating from Osan football camp:
-- The Cougars were one of three DODDS programs that a season ago played a non-varsity schedule. The debut of Humpheys - 45 minutes away - took half of Osan’s enrollment with it. The Cougars are back in the varsity fold after that one year away.
-- Also new to the Cougars program is its coach, Don Tusha, who shares a common thread with another DODDS program in the Pacific. Tusha coached for three years at the now shuttered school in Bamberg, Germany. Seoul American coach James Davis also coached at Bamberg.
-- It’s a Cougars program thin on numbers and experience – just four players return, only one of them, senior linebacker-wingback Jamie Dawson, a starter. All told, Osan has 25 bodies in camp, some with experience and football IQ, plus plenty of team speed, but very, very young.
-- The team’s gotten off to a quick start in practice, Tusha says, a boon for a program that saw its head coach arrive just as workouts were starting, having had no time to recruit and the team not having had a summer weight and conditioning program.
-- As always, dating back even before the Far East playoff era dawned in 2005, Tusha says the Osan community and command are fully supportive of the team, something that was evident as far back as the first Division II title game, won by Osan 16-14 before an overflow crowd of more than 2,000 at Cougar Field.