Former Baldwin football standout helping Panthers with workouts

BALDWIN — Former Baldwin football standout Andon Ware has been on hand this week for Panther workouts as coach Doug Bolles and his players continue the process of getting ready for the 2014 season.

Ware was on the field with some players Monday doing conditioning work. He also was helping out Bolles in some passing practices on Tuesday. Ware finished his freshman season in 2013 for the football program at Notre Dame, Ohio, and will be returning for his sophomore campaign.

“I train in Big Rapids,” Ware said. “I’m here for two hours, a little conditioning and a little running.”

Brandon Beene, Lance Donald, Austin Martin, Damon Nichols and others mentioned that Ware was helping them significantly in getting in excellent physical condition for the season.

“Just from my school, I’m showing them stuff that will make them work smarter,” Ware said. “You don’t have to kill yourself but you have to push yourself to see what you can do.”

Temperatures were in the 70s, but with a slight breeze, Ware considered conditions to be favorable for having a good solid workout. He was among the standouts on the 2012 playoff team.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen some of these kids for awhile,” he said. “They were talking about me like I was here just this past year. I’ve been gone for awhile.”

Ware, listed as a cornerback at Notre Dame, will be looking for playing time this season. He played Baldwin football four seasons and, as a senior, had 74 tackles, two sacks, eight interceptions and six pass deflections. He earned West Michigan D League all-conference honors as a running back, cornerback and kick returner. 

The weight room is open 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Panthers have been having some 7-on-7 passing workouts in gearing up for their summer schedules.