LEXINGTON - The numbers were not what he hoped for, but the enthusiasm the 100-plus youngsters had more than compensated for that.
Former Harrodsburg and University of Kentucky football player Dennis Johnson is holding his first football camp here. He was hoping for 300 youngsters, but thought registration problems and Thursday's stormy weather probably hurt his numbers some.
"But the kids here are fine. Next year we've got to get the word out better, but I'm pleased the ones here are having so much fun," Johnson said. "Maybe it would have been too big to have 300 kids. If we had that many, I couldn't get around and see them all as much. I am a hands-on person. I want to interact with them all."
Johnson, who leaves next week to start his third season with the Arizona Cardinals, did that Thursday and planned to again today on the final day of his camp. He went through drills with the campers, encouraged them and made sure his camp coaches, which included former UK teammates and current NFL players Artose Pinner, Eric Kelly and Chris Demaree, made having fun a priority.