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Trinity quarterback eager to work with Victoria native Jerheme Urban

By MIKE FORMAN
June 22, 2013 at 1:22 a.m.

Victoria native and fomer NFL wide receiver Jerheme Urban talks with high school players at Memorial Stadium in Victoria during his annual football camp. The camp went all day Saturday and was free to participants. Urban played for Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs throughout his career and now is the offensive coordinator at his alma mater Trinity College.

Coaching them up

Jerheme Urban played at Stroman and Trinity University before spending nine seasons in the NFL as a receiver with the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

His advice for those hoping to play college football:

"I think the biggest thing is obviously take care of business in the classroom first and foremost. That's on your campus and also taking your test. You've got to take your SAT or ACT as many times as you can and as many times as you can afford it. Try not to let the one and only time be the middle of the football season on Saturday after a game.

"Kids just need to realize the more you can take it and the better score you get, that's money in your pocket in terms of financial aid.

"If you want to go play football - I'm an example, Mason (Blaschke) is an example, Caleb, my brother, is an example - of local guys going to a small school, getting a great education, playing a lot of awesome football, and using football as a way to get out."

Mason Blaschke's first start at quarterback for Trinity University was a memorable one, but not necessarily for the right reasons.

The Tigers were on the losing end of a 62-35 decision at Sul Ross State, and Blaschke quickly realized what it would take to succeed on the NCAA Division III level.

"I know I was out of shape, that's for sure," he said. "It was probably the second drive and I got back to the guys in the huddle and was like, 'Man, I've got to run more.'"

The learning process was a quick one for the Cuero graduate.

Blaschke finished his sophomore season by passing for 1,098 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushing for 588 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading Trinity to wins in five of its final six games.

"I wasn't quite sure what the skill level was going to be like coming in, but they're athletes everywhere," Blaschke said. "We're little guys. We don't have the big size and speed of the upper divisions. The competition is there and the athletes are there and it's football and I love it."

Blaschke has already started to prepare for his junior season, and he's looking forward to the opportunity to work with former NFL receiver Jerheme Urban.

The Stroman graduate has taken over as Trinity's offensive coordinator after working as a part-time defensive coach at his alma mater last season.

"It's awesome," Blaschke said. "He eats, breathes and sleeps football. He's a great guy to talk to about the game and life. He's helped me tremendously in all aspects of life and not just football."

Blaschke had a chance to witness Urban's approach to to the game by working as an instructor at the Jerheme Urban Quarterback/Wide Receiver Camp on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Urban returned to his hometown for the sixth straight year to host the free camp, which drew approximately 50 players from as far away as San Antonio.

"It gives me a perspective from the other side," Blaschke said. "I'm sitting here coaching when I'm used to working the drills. I've been able to contribute to these young athletes and it's a great experience for me."

Urban was impressed with what he saw from Blaschke last season.

"He provides an extra dimension with his mobility," Urban said. "He's very fluid when he runs. He's one of those guys who's faster than he looks because he's so smooth. You don't realize how truly fast he is.

"I used to sit up in the press box last year and taking a break whenever we were on offense and just watch him. I saw defenses try to spy him with linebackers and stuff and he'd just outrun angles."

Urban points to Blaschke as an example of the type of player he will attempt to recruit to Trinity.

"He'll make me look better than I am at calling plays this year at times," Urban said. "He really throws a good ball. He's young, he's hungry, he absolutely loves the game of football, and that's what you need from that position."

Urban has already been drawing up schemes to take advantage of Blaschke's skills.

"Coming from the Division III game, we sell our academic side of things and our winning tradition," Urban said. "We have to be fluid. I can't come in and say this is my system and this what I'm going to do because I can't recruit and offer scholarships to guys who might fit the scheme perfectly.

"We have to be able to adapt to our athletes and it's always nice when you have a guy like Mason who can be put in a lot of different positions and be successful. It allows me to do a lot of different things."

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