(WTNH)–Training camp looks cool on “Hard Knocks” and those old NFL Films specials. But it’s more than just a montage.
OK, playing football every day is fun. But there are challenges that come with it. None greater than getting up at 4:30 in the morning for practice.
“We were in bed by 8:30-9, 4:30 in the morning comes real quick,” one Southern Connecticut State player said.
That’s how Southern does training camp. They share their field with other fall sports, so it’s the most convienent way to allow everyone to get usage of the field.
And with the early start the coaches don’t even bother going home. They stay at the Moore Fieldhouse.
“We stay up in the office, we get the nice air mattress, we call it the Hotel Moore,” said head coach Tom Godek. “We have a lot of fun, we hit the late night restaurants, and try to do some work in a relaxed atmosphere.”
Speaking of food, if you want to survive training camp, you need to eat right.
“Try to stay off the fast food, soda, that’s not good. Get good fluids, electrolytes, Gatorade, Powerade, fruits and salads,” said Central Connecticut State freshman Tajik Bagley.
Bagley was a star at Ansonia High School, and he’s been eating like that since then, right?
“Honestly, no,” he said.
Well he’s doing it now. thats all that counts. In addition to eating right, you also need to drink tons of water.
“We have water stations set up everywhere, hydration stations set up with Powerade,” said Yale head coach Tony Reno.
Staying on point with just how much is enough isn’t as easy as it sounds.
“I was bent over in [independent workouts] a bit because I was like, ‘man I didn’t drink enough water today or yesterday,” said UNH wide receiver Shazzon Murphy. “You don’t know that you didn’t drink enough until you get out there with that helmet on.”
But you eventually get the hang of it. And you have your teammates beside you to help each step of the way. So no matter how tough it gets, you never get tired of being around your guys. Right?
“I’d say after a week and a half you start getting tired. You start wanting some time by yourself,” another Southern Connecticut State player said.