The Syracuse Orange football team is about to make their annual trip to Fort Drum to build camraderie and give Scott Shafer reasons to say awesome things:
"You get a chance to sit next to a guy that's defending our country," said Shafer, who had an uncle and cousin die while on duty, "a guy that's dodging bullets not hits, a guy that's over there in the mountains for nine months fighting the good fight to give us an opportunity to have a blast and go get a Dairy Queen.
"We owe it to them to get off the bus and bust our ass," Shafer said. "So if those guys get an hour to come out and watch us practice, I want them to be able to say, 'You know what? They're not dodging bullets, but God doggit they frickin' play their ass off.'"
That's one frickin', one God doggit and two "ass" for those keeping score.
(By the way, we've now heard Shafer utter "God doggit" and "Doggone it." This season just gets more exciting)
Before they go bust their asses at Ft. Drum, let's find out what busting their asses at SU earned them...
"I really like our two freshman quarterbacks," Shafer said. "I wouldn’t lose sleep if I had to get one ready to be honest with you."
Isaiah Johnson continues to impress and even got a call-out from Shafer...
"There’s some guys that are knocking at the door," head coach Scott Shafer said, "and (Johnson’s) one of them."