One of the big reasons the Syracuse Orange football team decided to come back to Fort Drum for a week of fall camp again this year was to help the players get closer and become a team. As our Brian Dwyer reports, every team needs leaders. It's something Syracuse learned in a whole new way Wednesday.
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- After rained spoiled the fun Tuesday, the Syracuse Orange were finally able to unleash some excitement Wednesday.
The team is out on Fort Drum, getting to see how they stack up against some of the nation's finest in a what the Army calls a leadership problem solving course.
"It's not easy to do what we do and it's definitely not easy to do what the military does. With this going on, it definitely helps us put that into perspective," Syracuse senior RB Prince-Tyson Gulley said.
The Orange separated into five groups. In the Army, this course helps determine leaders and stresses teamwork. The team forced to figure out everything from trying to cross a river to getting around without vision to loading and pulling a cargo truck.
"You can see I'm huffin' and puffin'," SU junior DE Robert Welsh said. "The truck and this last one we did was really tough. If you don't know what the military does, you're getting a taste of it right now. It's awesome."
"I'd say the truck pull is the best exercise that we have because we have to work together to get all the cargo loaded on the back and work together to pull it all the way to the end of cones," SGT Dan Beckner of the 3BCT's 2-87 Catamounts.
"My quads are burning," Gulley added. "Calves are burning. With this one, holding it up, making sure it doesn't fall. It's got my arms burning."
Everyone here recognizes that leaders are stepping up, which can be so valuable come game day.
"Everybody is just stepping up to do their part and become a leader. We're just having fun out here and it's great to see," Welsh said.
"From what I've seen, they're doing great," said Private First Class Dan Moore, who, with the rest of 2-87, has helped set up this week long camp. "They're really working together well and having a good time."
And just when the players thought they were done for the day, could board the bus and head to lunch, Fort Drum had one more surprise for them. They had to walk to the commons to eat because there is no riding a bus in the Army.
Thursday, Syracuse will be returning the favor a bit, hosting a skills clinic for Fort Drum Pop Warner players.