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Captains before game against Northen Iowa

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Week 6? I'm not sure

We've hit a certain number of workouts by now in the winter. I lose track, and I thought I wouldn't with this blog. We've seen a few guys fall behind and a lot of them exceed to their potential. The gains in the weight room are really fun to watch. The sad part is when a few guys can't handle it and they leave behind their dream. they say they have more important things to do, but they always come back saying, "Man, I miss it."

More sacrifices are being made with dedication and body weight. One of the things we stress in our program is how much we weigh according to the position we play. For example, Austin Anderson. He first came into SUU as a scrawny quarterback weighing about 200 pounds. Then he moved to linebacker and put on 25 pounds. Now, he is being transferred to a defensive end and is now weighing over 235 pounds and looking to gain more. I admire how hard he has worked and he looks so different then when I first saw him at SUU.

I've gained like 10 pounds since the end of last season and my coach said I looked fat. It's all apart of the plan to get stronger. I'm going to take what my coach said to help me not be fat, because that's just embarrassing. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Fran. The worst person you'll ever meet in our weight room. A name that whenever you hear it, you'll also hear an exhale and a "ahh $&**#". A workout that separates the fat from the fit. The only workout in the weight room that can prepare your mind and your body for the end of the fourth quarter. The way the workout breaks down is like this:

95 pounds. 21 thrusters, 21 pull-ups. 15 thrusters, 15 pull-ups. 9 thrusters, 9 pull-ups.
135 pounds. 15 thrusters, 15 pull-ups. 11 thrusters, 11 pull-ups. 7 thrusters, 7 pull-ups.
185 pounds. 11 thrusters, 11 pull-ups. 7 thrusters, 7 pull-ups. 5 thrusters, 5 pull-ups.

You can pick any one of the weights, it doesn't matter. However, the objective is to get all the reps done, with exactness, in 3 minutes and 16 seconds or less. If you do, you get yourself a nice "FRAN 3:16" shirt.

One day out of the entire year, we have Fran day. It is the last workout before spring break which leads us into spring camp. There is a buzz between all the payers that week at school. When I see a teammate, he may shake his head with his posture slightly hunched like as if he had already done the workout. He will look at me and say, "damn...". It's that kind of workout.

This past Saturday morning workout was a two-thirds Fran. It sounds easier, which it is. It's like as if we had to play against the Patriots without Tom Brady. They may not have their future hall-of-famer quarterback, but they're still the New England Patriots. Two-thirds Fran goes as follows: 95 pounds. 15 thrusters, 15 pull-ups. 10 thrusters, 10 pull-ups. 5 thrusters, 5 pull-ups. This time, you just do it as fast as you possibly can. The best time was set by Brennan Fjord (1:30). I wasn't nearly as swift as Brennan (1:55).

When you're done, you report your time and it's up to you to find a creative way to recover. Most people like to go outside and spit whatever is left inside their bodies. There are a few that lie down, sit down, crawl, pray to God, etc. There is an unsuspecting burn in your forearms and a cough wheezy enough to find you in drug rehab. The "Fran cough" is how most of us refer to it as. I had it all weekend and I couldn't laugh like I normally do. I would just start coughing and pounding my chest. Then I would have to lie down and catch my breath.

It's a workout we dread, but compete to have the fastest time and something we use to get closer as a team. The yelling and screaming inside the weight room is nothing but encouragement from the rest of the team. We want everyone to succeed and be the best player we can be. Even the guys who are competing against each other for the same position push each other so they can be the very best player they can be. That's what Fran teaches us.

Oh and Coach Lamb, if you're reading this, I still haven't received my FRAN 3:16 shirt.

 Tony Cossairt chalking up his hands before Fran

Friday, February 17, 2012

the fifth week of our workouts is done

I love football. It makes time go by so fast, especially school. Just yesterday my roommate said, "I can't believe it's  Thursday already." We look at our schedule and look forward to that day off on Wednesday and the workouts make life go by faster. The bad thing about that, is that the season goes by even faster. There's no greater feeling than playing in front of thousands of fans and hearing the bands play. It's a shame that this sport is in season for a mere third of a year. However, that is why we love it so much.

The team is coming together stronger and stronger every week. Our defensive backs coach, Demario Warren, tweeted before a Saturday morning workout, "95% of the team at 9 am Saturday meeting 10 minutes early. Unbelievable how much the culture has changed in 4 years." More and more players are showing up early, and leaving late. A philosophy I learned from a coach in my youth. He told us of a receiver he coached in high school that wound up playing at USC and in the NFL, Keary Colbert. He told us that he was the first player to get to the practice field, and the last player to leave it. Our team is slowly filling up with a bunch of Keary Colbert-type players. It's exciting to watch and I am so blessed to be apart of it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Squat Day

Every player on the team knows what Tuesday is: squat day. Squat day is the hardest work out which is why it's on Tuesday. Our day off is Wednesday, so we get a chance to relax and be able to function properly come Thursday morning at 6:30. The reason why I say "function properly" is simple. If you know anything about weight lifting, it's crazy to squat below parallel. If you don't know anything about weight lifting, it's crazy to drop your butt inches away from the ground with 405 pounds on your back. We pride ourselves in squatting lower than a catcher stance. So, when you see an SUU football player walking from class to class (especially climbing the stairs) you will see them limping, wobbling, or simply taking their sweet time. When we stand up from sitting in a chair or from lying down, most likely you'll hear a boisterous roar of sheer terror. You will know that Tuesday has come, and happily gone.
These are the things that help us get better, doing things no one else does. One time, this player sent a video to Coach Lamb of him squatting 750 pounds. And that is a lot of weight, but he didn't bend far enough to pick up his keys if he had dropped them. It might as well have been nullified. We love the pain because we know that it makes us better. That's all we want to do; is get better.

So, happy Tuesday!

Friday, February 10, 2012

We have a cool locker room

When I first got to SUU, we had some crappy lockers in the locker room. I felt like a soldier walking around land mines trying to get through the locker room. We had zero space to change and we were placed in these tiny aisles. Of course, I was stuck in the back. However, I was grateful I had a (terrible) locker. now, we have more room, our lockers are spread out, we have TV's, and I can take a nap on the ground before practice. The TV's are great to have, however it only knows ESPN and ESPN2. Ver rarely does it make it the food network or oxygen. It does bug us when the track team uses our locker room. There is a clearly a sign that says: SUU FOOTBALL PLAYERS ONLY.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Week Four

Another week came and left as fast as space travel. One obstacle as a football player is your endurance and enthusiasm. They both have to be present, especially through the long hauls of the season and off-season. It's easy to come in to work hard and win the championship all in the first week. However, that has never been done. It takes time and perseverance. I have be creative when it comes to finding ways to stay motivated through the crappiest parts of the season and off-season.
Every Friday, we find out how many times we can bench press 225 pounds. Obviously, the goal is to do better than the previous Friday. My roommate, Brennen Fjord, and I have this little tradition of slapping each other in the face so we have all the weird anger inside of us to throw the 225 pounds off of our chest like our fat cousin Tony just sat on us. Last Friday, it worked for me. Brennen on the other back hand, didn't meet his goal.
It's hard to find pure joy in the workouts we do. It's to have a grin on my face at 6:30 in the morning when we run. Luckily, I have some of my best friends on the team and I love the sport. We all feel the same way, and working hard always pays off. No matter what it's for.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

KC Rawlinson

Whenever I see videos of those football players that played in the 50's and 60's I always think of KC Rawlinson. Those guys were the epitome of "tough guys" or the "warriors" on the football field. They played without facemasks and the dozen rules we play with today that protect the players. There was no such thing as a "horse collar" tackle or illegal hands to the face. Basically, anything and everything was allowed.
That's the type of player I think of when I see KC Rawlinson. A fire direction officer in the military and a rocket launcher on the football field, KC leads the special teams and the "oo's" and "aww's" that the crowd makes after some of his hits. He has no regard for his body as he flies down the field on kickoff running at full speed, and has no intentions on slowing down.
As a fellow teammate of KC on the special teams, I get the best view of KC knocking down people who literally stop running and cringe when he comes after them. I've seen guys spin, I've seen a guys momentum completely change from running forward, to falling backwards. He treats the football field like a war zone and I have gained so much respect for this man.
He will be leaving the team until the summer so he can continue to pursue his career in the military. His true example of dedication and hard work will be with us throughout the winter workouts and during spring ball.
He will be a senior this upcoming season.