OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi quarterback Ryan Buchanan straps on a headset that covers his eyes, and instantly, he sees a scene that looks like a video game, all set from his perspective.
In about a minute, he runs through a handful of plays, checking his receivers, deciphering defensive coverages and making split-second decisions about where to throw the football. And just like that, practice is over.
Ole Miss is using a program developed by EON Sports, which is a subsidiary of EON Reality based in California. UCLA, Kansas, Syracuse, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and about 100 high schools are among EON’s clients. Brendan Reilly – the company’s 28-year-old CEO – says more potential clients are in the works and interest has been high.
Reilly said EON’s software was partially developed from programs that do things like train fighter pilots and help doctors practice surgeries.
“Coaches already know how to make guys big and strong,” Reilly said. “Now they want to figure out how to get them to make consistently better decisions on the field. We’re figuring out ways to use data and technology to make that happen. And if you can game-ify the process to make it more enjoyable, players will hopefully embrace that.”
EON Sports VR is changing the future of football with virtual reality training software for QBs and athletes.
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