Part of the Syracuse team was split into five groups and participated in five team-building activities at Fort Drum on Wednesday morning. The activities were led by the troops from the base, and here is a video and description of each one.
During the cognitive function training, the players had 15 seconds to study a layout of military equipment on a picnic table, including a pair of boots and a backpack. The Fort Drum troop then led the players through a log-lifting exercise before bringing them back to the picnic tables.
"The most tiring was using a tire, a pole and a wooden plank to move a 180-pound casualty person across a 200-yard field and back," said senior linebacker Josh Kirkland. "We had to make everything work in harmony, so it was hard to do. It was all the little details and communicating at the same time so we needed a lot of team work.
At the end of their morning training session, the Syracuse football players and Fort Drum military members circled up and cheered raucously inside the ballroom of the community activity center.
Syracuse returned to Sligh Field for the first of three practices this week on Tuesday afternoon. Stiff gusts of wind swirled under overcast skies, but the rain held off long enough for the team to get in a full practice.
In the video, Shafer and Doyle talk about the budding relationship between the football program and the military unit, one that will be prevalent throughout the week as players and soldiers participate in team-building activities and sit with each other during meals.