An enthusiastic group of youths turned out Saturday for a free football clinic at Fresno State that featured several ex-Bulldogs stars and other local athletes who have gone on to the NFL
It was the culminating event of Big B.A.N.G. Weekend, with the acronym standing for Building a New Generation. The camp is a joint effort by Keeping Youth Journeying Onward – which offers group-home, foster-family, training and education and other services – and Fresno State Club Red and Athletic Performance.
Kevin Jordan is the organizer of the event, now in its fourth year, with assistance from former Edison High and University of Arizona standout and current Pittsburgh Steelers part-time starter Robert Golden.
Among the Fresno State alumni on hand were Derron Smith, a safety taken in the sixth round of the 2015 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals; and cornerback Charles Washington, a 2016 free-agent signee by Detroit.
Other instructors at the clinic, for fourth- through eighth-graders at Bulldog Stadium, included tight end Marcel Jensen who has earned looks from five NFL franchises since his senior season in 2013. Jensen is currently with Washington.
Cameron Worrell, who played four seasons with Chicago and one in Miami during his NFL run from 2003-08, also was on hand as was ex-Edison, UCLA and NFL standout Ricky Manning Jr. Manning is now an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks.