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Saluki freshmen bond on zip-lining course

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MAKANDA, Ill. -- As the Football Salukis gear up to begin their preseason camp in the coming weeks, the incoming freshmen are still getting to know one another. The newcomers kicked off a week of bonding events, where their courage was taken to new heights.

After four weeks of getting to know each other on the football field, it took a trip to the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours for the fresh-faced Salukis to learn something new about their teammates.

"A lot of them don't like heights, but for the most part, everybody did pretty good," said SIU freshman linebacker Jacob Traxler.

"I thought I was going fall off man. Thought I was going to fall off my line," said SIU freshman linebacker Joe Owens.

"I don't like heights like that. I don't usually go up in high places unless I know for sure I'm safe. So this was a little sketchy for me," said SIU freshman quarterback Austin Reed.

Despite being a bit skeptical, it didn't take long for the guys to shake the nerves, and begin having fun.

"There was this one they called the 'Leap of Faith', because you couldn't really see the end of it, so I was a little nervous, but once I got on it, I was feeling super excited about it, and we were going by so fast, and I just realized what we were actually doing," said Reed.

"It was fun man, it was a surprise because I didn't know how it was going be. My stomach was dropping a little bit," said Owens.

"Once you get going, you get all that wind going in your face, can't really keep your eyes open, but your just looking for the spot where you're landing, and it's pretty cool," said Traxler.

After taking on the course, the freshmen come out feeling a new bond with their teammates.

"Going through something that kind of like, evokes a little fear in some people is going to bring them closer together because they have to rely on other people on the team," said Reed.

"It was really cool to come out here for a couple hours and just spend the day with each other, and just learn more about each other, and have a good time and bond with each other," said Traxler.

"Getting everybody together, having fun. That's something off our bucket lists," said Owens.

And with the next four years ahead of them, this freshmen class looks forward to the many more bonding experiences to come.

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