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Countdown to Kickoff: Inside a Two-A-Day Schedule
For those who think the life of a student-athlete is easy, LibertyFlames.com is here to dispel the rumor. A common myth for those unfamiliar with collegiate athletics is the student-athlete is pampered and given the easy route to a higher education.
However, that misnomer is probably as far from the truth as possible. Between early morning workouts, a full slate of classes, afternoon practices and evening study sessions, the average student-athlete works harder preparing for a vocation than when they graduate and transition into the working world.
Some of the most grueling days a student-athlete will undergo come weeks before they set foot inside a classroom. Since the first of August, Liberty's student-athletes who compete as part of a fall program (football, volleyball, soccer and cross country) arrived back at Liberty Mountain long before their fellow classmates.
During the "dog days of summer", these student-athletes work tireless hours, preparing for the pending seasons during preseason training camp. The longest of training camp days are affectionately known as "two-a-day" practices.
While the campus was buzzing with hundreds of parked cars and trailers as the freshmen invaded campus last Tuesday, the football team was conducting its third and final two-a-day session of training camp.
To give you a better understanding of what the 90-plus members of the football program are doing to prepare for the upcoming year, today, as a continuing part of LibertyFlames.com's Countdown to Kickoff coverage, we take you inside an exhausting two-a-day schedule, following the program from sunrise to well past sunset.