Gilliams’ Island at FHS: brothers host 1st OL Camp

NFL lineman, ex-Vol, third bro — all former Ads — lead youth in Courtney Stadium

  • Campers attending the first Gilliam Brothers Offensive Line Camp at Farragut High School’s Eddie Courtney Stadium/Bill Clabo Field Saturday morning/early afternoon, June 18, posed for a photo inside the stadium following camp activities. Camp leaders — all former Admirals players — were current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Nate Gilliam, far right (FHS Class of 2015); ex-Tennessee Vols offensive lineman Jacob Gilliam, far left, (FHS Class of 2010 and a Knox County attorney); Alex Gilliam, fourth from left in back (FHS Class of 2014); and Patrick Doucette, third from left, current FHS football offensive line coach who was a starting center in college at VMI. - Photos by Alan Sloan

  • As camp instructors observe, Thomas Witthauer, foreground right in yellow T-shirt who is a rising senior offensive lineman at FHS, works on proper arm extension and footwork with fellow camper Vance Young. (Left) Campers watch as Nate Gilliam, right, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and camp leader, displays proper footwork and arm extension for pass blocking. - Photos by Alan Sloan

Campers came from as far away as North Carolina — Robbinsville and Cherokee to be exact — to attend the first Gilliam Brothers Offensive Line Camp at Farragut High School’s Eddie Courtney Stadium/Bill Clabo Field. The three-hour camp was held on a sunny, low-humidity Saturday morning/early afternoon, June 18.

Four former Admirals were in charge: current Pittsburgh Steelers center/guard Nate Gilliam, a former standout offensive lineman at Wake Forest and 2015 FHS graduate; his older brother, Jacob Gilliam, former Tennessee Volunteers offensive lineman from Farragut High Class of 2010; third brother, Alex Gilliam, a 2014 graduate; and Patrick Doucette, also a former Ads standout lineman and center in college at VMI who is back home as FHS offensive line coach.

“I really appreciate everyone who came out,” Nate Gilliam told the campers, and some of their parents, while everyone enjoyed refreshments after the camp. “... I’m blessed to be able to do this. ... I’m going to do this every year. Please come back next year.”

Non-profit A.B.C. Sports Foundation helped coordinate and plan the camp.