Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013 AT 6:39 PM / Updated at 6:41 PM
Huskers back for more military training
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

As our Dirk Chatelain unpacked beautifully in a column last fall, the Nebraska football team’s excursion into military leadership training paid dividends, according to players and coaches, during the course of last season.

It’s no surprise NU went for another dip of high-intensity mental and physical stress, inviting The Program back this spring. The Huskers released a four-minute YouTube video highlighting what the trainers call “Combat Mindset Judgment Day.”

It’s distinctly different than last year’s training, which took NU to the Devaney Sports Center pool. This year, Nebraska engaged in series of drills and skilled tasks done at a speed similar to a football game.

“I was excited to see how some of the young guys reacted,” said junior cornerback Joshua Mitchell in the video.

Said sophomore running back Imani Cross: “The challenges were new and there was a lot of communication going on where we had to be successful.”

Day one involved synchronized drills with weights and push-ups, squats and bear crawls. It ended with a tug-of-war with a rope.

Day two featured a swordfight ring that allowed players to battle workers from The Program.

Take a look.

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