SIU’s football team preparing for upcoming season

SIU’S football team prepares for the upcoming season

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - Training for anything during a pandemic is very difficult. How about training for an entire college football season?

Southern Illinois University sent out at home workouts for all of its players.

“Just trying to create some basic workouts that are simple and can be done anywhere," said Meade Smith, the strength and conditioning coach. "To keep them active and more to the standpoint of them moving and doing something.”

“You know we’ve created a lot of videos such as exercises and stuff like that to not only explain but show how we want things done," Smith said.

“I trust our guys are doing the workouts and doing what they need to do to get themselves prepared," he continued.

Quarterback Kare Lyles has done his part in these workouts.

“As far as my personal workout, I do what Meade has me do," he said. "I have a bar and a dumbbell, so I’m doing his workouts and as well as a beach body workout, Insanity, the Sean T workout.”

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So, when and where is he doing his workouts?

“It’s been great," he said. "I am fortunate to have two parents that we have the opportunity to make a home gym.”

“Just trying to keep a positive outlook," he continued. "There’s still a lot of unknowns. I do believe there will be a football season I don’t know how that looks.”

Championships are the only thing on the mind of the Saluki football players.

“I think this will bring everything together," Lyles said. "I think this season will be special, I mean just seeing what these guys have done in the last two months on their own.”

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