Stroman graduate Jerheme Urban set for football camp Saturday
June 23, 2010 at 1:23 a.m.
Jerheme Urban's first training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs is just over a month away, but he's not expecting many surprises.
Urban played for Kansas City head coach Todd Haley in Dallas and Arizona and he knows what's coming.
"We're going to run a ton," Urban said. "There will be a lot of contact. But a lot of the time after you do two-a-days, he'll cancel meetings and give you a night off. He'll let you take care of your body.
"This is my eighth NFL training camp so I kind of know the ins and outs," he added. "You do what you can to stay fresh. I know it's going to be a grind and I have to do my best to get ready."
Urban has been preparing for his initial season with the Chiefs since signing as a free agent in March.
Urban's move from Arizona to Kansas City was only one of the changes the Victoria native went through during the offseason.
Urban became a father for the first time when his wife, Emily, gave birth to Liesl Anne Urban less than two weeks after he signed with the Chiefs.
Urban got the perfect father's day present when his daughter allowed him to sleep through the night before he left to participate in a benefit golf tournament held by former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, who is currently the offensive coordinator in Kansas City.
"It was fun and we were able to raise some money," Urban said. "I'm your average hack that goes out there and shoots in the upper 80s and low 90s."
Urban and his family returned to their San Antonio home on Monday and they will travel to Victoria for his third annual football camp on Saturday at the Memorial senior campus.
The camp is free of charge and open to high school players.
Instructors will include high school coaches from around the area along with Urban's former teammates at Trinity University.
Urban is looking forward to seeing some friends after taking part in 12 offseason training activities and five mini-camps with the Chiefs.
"I'm pretty pleased with the way things went, especially the second half," Urban said. "Early on I was trying to do everything too perfect. I had to adjust to the new verbiage and concepts."
Urban had career highs in receptions (34), receiving yards (448) and touchdown catches (4) in 2008 when the Cardinals advanced to the Super Bowl.
But his playing time decreased last season and his numbers dropped to 18 receptions for 186 yards.
Urban was thankful to get an opportunity with the Chiefs where he is somewhat familiar with the offense installed by Weis.
"This offense with Charlie is the true nuts and bolts," Urban said. "It's the original version. What we ran in Arizona was a revised version that Ken Whisenhunt and Todd Haley had brought with them. The concepts were the same. The difference is in the depth of routes and some of the verbiage is totally different."
One of the biggest adjustments for Urban has been becoming familiar with quarterback Matt Cassel after spending the last three seasons catching passes from Kurt Warner.
"We definitely feel more comfortable with each other," Urban said. "He has to learn my body breaks and I had to learn the rotation of his ball, which is much different than Kurt's. But he's a good player."
Urban will turn 30 in November and has made no secret of his desire to coach when his playing career ends.
The football camp has given Urban a taste of coaching and he's happy with the results.
"With some of the same kids coming back part of me wants to do something different," Urban said. "But it keeps coming back to at their age you cannot replace learning good fundamentals. What we teach can help average players beat good athletes."
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.