Today the managers hit the field and set it all up to a soundtrack - a speaker system surrounded Howard Jones Field, blaring hip-hop remixes and, of course, simulated crowd noise - a tell-tale sign that the game is upon us.
Adding crowd noise into the mix of an already intense practice makes coaches and
managers have to try that much harder to communicate effectively, but we are
about the challenge of pressure.
That all went well, but what was really on the manager's minds throughout was
the important task that lay ahead - cleaning upwards of 100 helmets until they
shined like rubies. This is a labor that is neither quick nor easy.
Each helmet is taken into careful hands, cleaned inside and out, polished, and
then buffed to perfection. They are inspected at every angle, and once made
flawless, they are returned to their places in the locker room.
Today marked a time record for the crew of new managers with the duration being
just under an hour and a half. They are getting better!
When asked how they looked, returning manager Brandon Buehler said, "They
look damn great!" Look out for the shiny helmets coming to you broadcast
live from Lincoln on Saturday.
We leave tomorrow on an epic of a weekend trip to Nebraska, and six managers
will be in attendance. I spoke with Andy Benitez, linebacker manager who is also
new this year about his feelings on the upcoming weekend. "I've never gone
out into hostile territory before, traveling with a program this big. I get to
live something that most people will never get close to."
We're all excited to get on that plane tomorrow, and we're sure it will be
memorable. "Once we get out there tomorrow, it'll finally sink in - I'm
going to Nebraska with the USC football team. I'm sure it will be an experience
I never forget."
More on that to come.
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