That’s the slogan on the front of the Badger football team’s 2009 summer conditioning t-shirts. For those uninitiated with texting verbiage, it translates into, "Get Your Mind Right" and is a message to the players to bring the right attitude every day. Monday was the first day back on campus for most of the players as they kicked off the voluntary summer conditioning program.
The first day's workout consisted of just the returning players, split into two groups. Most of the true freshmen are now on campus but their workouts (other than the four who enrolled in January) don’t start until tomorrow.
The first group was linemen, tight ends and linebackers while the second group was skill position guys (WRs, DBs, QBs, RBs). I stopped over to the McClain Center and caught a little bit of the second group, the skill guys, starting their workouts.
The first day consisted of about two hours of work on the turf inside the McClain followed by about an hour’s worth of work inside the weight room.
The players had roughly three weeks to be home with their families between the end of finals and the beginning of the summer session. I caught up with a couple UWBadgers.com favorites briefly to see how they were doing on the first day.
Defensive back Jay Valai was all smiles (as he usually is) on his way into the locker room to get ready for his session. “Excited for a new start,” he said. Center John Moffitt was at the other end of the locker room, getting ready for a shower at the end of his session. He agreed it was good to get back, “especially after spending the last three weeks sleeping on the couch.” It seems John’s parents have turned his bedroom into a storage room.
The eight-week summer class session begins on June 15 and ends August 7, just in time for the start of fall camp. Now that the guys are back on campus, UWBadgers.com will have regular updates, including player profiles, blogs and videos throughout the summer.