FALLBROOK – With the season right around the corner, Fallbrook's football programs are working overtime to get players prepared for the 2023 season. Last season, the Fallbrook High School varsity Warriors went 9-4 overall, with a trip to the CIF Division IV championship game. Meanwhile Fallbrook Pop Warner had two tackle football teams win their respective divisions.
To build on the continued success of both programs, a free football "Skills and Drills" clinic will take place in the summer at Fallbrook High School. The clinic will be put on by Fallbrook Pop Warner and hosted by stand out NFL stars Corey Liuget and Lorenzo Neal.
Liuget played college football at Illinois and was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, by the San Diego Chargers. He spent the next eight years with the Bolts and played a huge role as one of their key defensive tackles. Liuget started 103 of his 108 career games for the Chargers, recording 274 total tackles with 59.0 tackles for loss. He also notched 24.0 sacks with five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and a defensive score. He retired as a Charger in 2022.
Originally from Hanford, California, Neal attended Fresno State University where he finished as the school's second leading, all-time running back, rushing for 2,405 yards. He also ranked third in the nation as a wrestler, earning All-American honors at the 1992 NCAA wrestling tournament.
During his 16 year career in professional football, Neal developed a reputation as one of the best blocking backs in the NFL. Leading the way for players like Eddie George, Corey Dillon and Pro Football Hall of Fame RB LaDainian Tomlinson, he made the Pro Bowl four times and the NFL All-Decade team for the 2000s.
Neal is no stranger to Fallbrook. Hosting three charity golf tournaments, he helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Fallbrook Pop Warner program between 2009 and 2011.
"Its great to have Lorenzo back in Fallbrook again," Fallbrook Pop Warner President Doug Berger said. "And having Corey Liuget as the host of our clinic is equally exciting."
It will be the first joint event of its kind for both programs and will provide basic to advanced football fundamentals and skills for Fallbrook Pop Warner and high school children, ages 5 to 17.
"This is an exciting opportunity for kids in the Fallbrook community," Fallbrook High School Head Coach Ross Johnson said. "They'll get to learn the fundamentals of the game from two excellent former NFL players."
The no cost clinic will take place at Fallbrook High School's main football stadium Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to sign up right away as spots are limited. To register, email your player's name, age and contact information to [email protected].
FPW is looking for sponsors for this event. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the clinic or need more information on the event, contact Doug Berger at [email protected].
Submitted by Fallbrook Pop Warner.