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Callie On The Job: SIU Football

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CARBONDALE -- In just a few weeks SIU football starts the season with their first game against Florida Atlantic. News 3's Callie Carroll wanted to get an inside look at what happens before the first kickoff for this week's Callie on the Job. 

The two weeks leading up to the start of semester is one of the busiest times of year for Saluki football. This is when the players, coaches and staff come together for training camp. 

In his first year as head coach for the Salukis, Coach Nick Hill has training camp packed with meetings, practices, speakers, team building activities, lifting and even team bowling. 

"A lot of people are like, 'training camp is a grind, you gotta get through it.' To me, if you feel that way then we're not gonna be that good. We've got to enjoy what we're doing," said Hill.

Each morning starts early for the coaches and players. After team breakfast, there's a team meeting. This gets everyone on the same page before the day starts.

Coach Hill says, "You look at that schedule a little different as a player. You're checking off the days. You can't wait for school to start because training camp is over, but as a coach you'd almost like to put a couple extra in there to make sure we're ready making sure we got everything in."

After the team meeting, players and coaches split into their position meetings. Here they introduce new plays and talk about skills that need to be improved upon.

After the meetings are through, the players hit the field for drills, conditioning and scrimmages. 

Coach Hill says, "We've always had talented players. We have talented players right now, but that's not going to win us games. Obviously, we have to have great players to win, but for us to get over the hump and win those close games it's gonna be these team meetings, these team building activities, us coming together and how we gel together."

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