No cell phone zone
Members of the Navy football team, with their military, academic and athletic commitments, already are extended well beyond the typical college student. Now every player is a making another sacrifice in an effort to build team chemistry as training camp begins.
Over the next three days, none of the players will have access to their cell phones. The move is designed to force players to communicate with one another rather than with significant others, family members or other friends during camp, which began yesterday afternoon with a running test at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"The first couple days of camp are the most learning days, so everyone turned in their phones this morning," said senior quarterback and co-captain Ricky Dobbs, who came up with the idea over the summer. "We'll get them back Saturday after our practice. It's just supposed to make us depend on each other more. . . . Now we're going to have to lean on our roommate or teammate."
While Dobbs initiated the cell phone ban, senior safety and co-captain Wyatt Middleton added another provision. Once the players get their phones back, they won't be allowed to bring them to Ricketts Hall, where the locker room and meeting rooms are located.
"All we're going to do is worry about, think about, bleed football," Middleton said. "That's all we're going to focus on to make sure that we are going to be dominant for this season."
Navy opens the season on Sept 6 against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium in a game that will be televised on ESPN. The Midshipmen are coming off a 10-4 season that culminated in a 35-13 victory over Missouri in the Texas Bowl and are seeking a second straight 10-win season for the first time in program history.
August 5, 2010; 9:02 PM ET
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