Aug 15, 2013
MORE: Notes and Quotes from Camp Kenosha
EVANSTON, Ill. -- On the first day of the second half of Camp Kenosha 2013, you might expect some of the less battle-tested of the Wildcats to begin showing signs of camp fatigue -- but there were few if any to be found on an eventful Thursday for Northwestern.
Below is a quick rundown of the day and of Northwestern's 10th practice since opening camp last week:
Continuing the process of programming their bodies for the four primetime games they will play in the season's first five weeks, the Wildcats were able to sleep in a bit Thursday before heading to breakfast between 7:30-9 a.m. From there, it was on to three hours of position meetings and team walk-throughs, testing the Wildcats' mental focus and absorption of the playbooks.
It was more of the same in the early afternoon, but not before hitting up the cafeteria for an outstanding lunch of shrimp and sausage jumbalaya, country fried chicken and penne alfredo. As we are reminded every year, the Wildcats truly are fortunate to have such great hosts here at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
By mid-afternoon it was time for Northwestern to gear up for another practice in absolutely ideal weather conditions in Kenosha, with sunny skies broken up only by scenic cloud cover and temperatures topping out around 73 degrees. You can see for yourself by checking out the NUsports.com GoPro video of the day, shot from the view of a football video coordinator high above the Parkside practice fields:
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald and the 'Cats were honored to welcome a special guest to practice Thursday -- Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany. Delany, who is entering his 25th football season at the helm of one of the nation's most prestigious athletic conferences, is making the rounds at Big Ten training camps this month and had the chance to speak to the Wildcats before practice.
Fitzgerald presented Delany with a No. 25 Northwestern Football helmet to commemorate his years of service, and the Wildcats thanked him further by serenading him with a rendition of "Go U, NU" as they do for all special guests at practice.
Delany would quickly learn that Thursdays at Northwestern Football practice are "Country Thursdays," with strict enforcement on only allowing country music on the loudspeakers -- a change in pace from the usual hip hop, rap and classic rock that typically hits the airwaves during practice.
One more neat discovery on Thursday was that a photo of junior center Brandon Vitabile landed front and center in a lengthy Sports Illustrated article -- written by Northwestern alum Stewart Mandel -- about the success on the gridiron of academically challenging universities like Northwestern. It was a cool moment for Vitabile to get his first glimpse of the publication:
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