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    For the 21st consecutive year, Northwestern Football has moved its training camp from the comforts and familiarity of campus life in Evanston to a football-only environment in Kenosha, Wis. The Wildcats arrived at their new home, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, late Saturday evening before enjoying their first day off the practice field since camp begin last Monday.

    That's not to say the 'Cats weren't busy on Sunday, which began with a few light recovery activities in the morning to stay loose. After lunch, it was time for the entire squad to suit up for their 2012 headshots, making the rounds at a trio of stations to knock out all their photo needs for the season.

    Tyris Jones models NU's new Under Armour
    uniforms during headshot day Sunday in Kenosha.

    First, the players were asked to be filmed in live action for their videoboard introduction to be shown at Ryan Field this fall. After that, it was time to don their hot-off-the-presses Under Armour uniforms for a quick headshot to be used by any TV network broadcasting a Northwestern game this fall. (As an aside, it was great to learn on Friday that NU's jerseys were tabbed as the No. 1 new uniform in college football this season by Yahoo! Sports -- who knew that many schools had new threads!?). Anyone who has ever watched a football player attempt to put on his slim-cut jersey -- especially a brand new one -- knows that it can require a group effort to get both into and out of the uniform, which it was for just about every player on the NU roster. Thankfully, today's headshot session did not call for the jersey to go over full shoulder pads.

    The same teamwork also goes into getting prepared for their coat-and-tie media headshots, with guys fixing each other's collars, adjusting ties and straightening suit jackets, with mostly good intentions. All in all the 'Cats were generally successful in cleaning up their look for headshot day, despite that timeless Camp Kenosha tradition of progressing through training camp with haircuts and facial hair that at times can be, shall we say, unkempt.

    With team meetings scheduled for either side of dinner (delicious prime rib on the first night -- great hosts here at Parkside), the 'Cats have plenty to focus on before returning to the practice field bright and early Monday morning. NU also will have an afternoon session Monday before another morning practice Tuesday, when crews from the Big Ten Network will be on hand to give their annual preseason overview of the 2012 Wildcats.

    Visit NUsports.com all week for practice recaps, photo galleries, blogs and Skip Myslenski reports from the fields of Camp Kenosha.

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