July 27, 2012
If you are a member of the Sun Devil football team, Black Friday, doesn’t have anything to do with long lines and sales.
Similar to the Black Out held at Sun Devil Stadium for the Missouri game last season, the entire team sported all black for their final lift and running session to conclude the summer workout program.
The wording on the back of their t-shirts served as a reminder of the hard work the team has put in: four days a week and two hours at a time in preparation for the upcoming season.
EVERY SET, EVERY REP, EVERY SPRINT
Led by Director of Strength and Conditioning, Shawn Griswold, the camaraderie was evident in the weight room, as players often gathered around their teammates; cheering and encouraging them to push through the pain, during the morning lift.
"The summer program was 100 percent effort,” said linebacker Brandon Magee. “Everyone gave their all every day. Our maxes went up, our conditioning went up and people are in shape now, so we’re ready to go.”
Following their effort in the weight room, the team made their way over to the Dickey Dome for the sprint and agility portion of the workout. At the conclusion, the team incorporated a new tradition, the ceremonial breaking of the rock.
"How do you move a mountain?” Griswold asked the players. “One rock at a time. This summer equals one rock.”
Junior safety Alden Darby had the honor of breaking the rock for the team. Twelve additional rocks remain stacked in the weight room at Sun Devil Stadium, symbolizing each game on the 2012 schedule. The visual example is something Griswold hopes will translate to crushing opponents on the field.
“This summer has been big for us,” offered Darby. “We came together as a team a lot more. We worked harder than we have ever worked before and pushed each other to limits some of us didn’t think we had. It has brought us together as a team.”
The team has a very short period of down time before they gather again, one week from today, for the first official practice of the season.