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Jennings holds football camp

May. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- One of the most successful running backs to ever come out of the Tri-State area is coming back to share his talents with area youth.

And he's bringing a few well-known friends with him.

Chris Jennings, an NFL veteran who grew up in Huntington and graduated from Fairview High School, is bringing his 2nd annual Skills and Drills Football Camp to two locations this week.

On Thursday, the camp will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairview.

The scene then shifts to Huntington High School on Friday morning from 8:30 p.m. to noon.

In addition to Jennings, former West Virginia University running backs Noel Devine and Avon Cobourne will be on hand to advise football players from grades one through 12.

Jennings' journey from Huntington to Fairview High School in Westwood, Ky., and ultimately to the National Football League is one that little kids dream up while growing up in the sport.

After going to Huntington High School for two years, Jennings transferred to Fairview where he instantly became a star for the Eagles.

From there, Jennings never wavered on his Division I football dreams, choosing to go to Arizona Western Junior College in Yuma, Ariz., in hopes of garnering attention.

That all changed against LSU in 2006 when Jennings finished with 53 yards on eight carries, earning him a start the following week against Stephen F. Austin.

Against Stephen F. Austin, Jennings finished with 201 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns to complete his transition from virtual unknown walk-on to a starting Division I scholarship running back.

From there, Jennings continued his dreams of professional football.

After his time at Arizona, Jennings went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, but signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

The move paid off as a successful season in Montreal led to him signing an NFL contract with the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 18, 2009.

With the Browns, Jennings rushed 63 times for 220 yards and a touchdown before being waived Sept. 4, 2010.

Since then, Jennings has spent time with the UFL's Hartford Colonials, the New York Jets and has gone back to Montreal in the CFL.

The CFL is where the connection to Devine and Cobourne has been derived.

Devine and Jennings were both running backs and kick returners for the Alouettes in the 2012 season while Cobourne, who also saw the NFL from 2003-05, started his CFL career with the Alouettes before playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats the last two seasons.

Of course, Cobourne and Devine are more known around here for their amazing runs while suiting up for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Cobourne was at WVU from 1999 to 2002 while Devine posed problems for the opposition while with the Mountaineers from 2007-10.

Each day's camp is $35 and the camp is for players from grades one through 12.