The 2nd week has just ended, but it never ends without the Saturday workout. We do these tough workouts throughout the week to prepare us for the ghastly Saturday morning workout. the Saturday morning workout is very gruesome the last about 10 - 20 minutes. We all know that a football game does not last this long, we preserve our bodies to endure the full 60 minutes of a game. But in between plays we take a break, drink some water, catch our breath etc. The Saturday morning workout finds out who can make a play in the 4th quarter. We find who is willing to fight through any sort of pain to be able to come out on top. What I observed from this Saturday morning workout was unlike anything I have ever seen at an SUU football meeting, workout, or game.
We lost a lot of great seniors, and we are finding within ourselves who can be a new leader. What I saw Saturday morning was unlike anything any leader ever attempted last season. Towards the end of the workout which consisted of running up a 100 foot hill going forward, sideways, backwards, and even jumping up the hill; repeating those runs two more times to complete the Saturday morning workout. I counted four or five guys throwing up in a corner and trying to hide. Some of the older players shouted out to them, "Come on man! You ain't gotta throw up! You fine! Let's go!" And one by one, everybody was helping each other out. Young players were motivating older players. Then sophomore defensive end, Kouri Jones, started a chant "T-WHAT?! T-BIRD'S GOTTA EAT!" He would scream "t-what?" and the team would scream back "t-bird's gotta eat!" which galvanized the rest of the team to finish the Saturday morning run.
At the end of the workout, we came together and had a team break. The team still stuck around, stretching together and asking each other how they felt. Something I have observed with this team in the short two weeks we've been together: we are closer than we ever have been.