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St. Lawrence University, a Division III school in upstate New York, has developed a special relationship with the Fort Drum Army base that they hope has helped them develop an edge to help them come fall.

Fort Drum, one of the largest bases in the Northeast, welcomed the St. Lawrence football team to their base and ran them through their basic training as well as some leadership workshops. Many FBS programs like Michigan, Toledo, and NC State instilled military style workouts last off season and coaches that we talk to love the mental edge that it gives their guys.

The coaching staff at St. Lawrence tells us that their guys were pushed to their limit and beyond, and the mental toughness and leadership qualities that they've derived from the workouts has been a huge asset so far, and will surely continue to pay off come Saturday's in the fall.

Take a look at some of the things that these small college athletes went through during the training. The overwhelming favorite for the players was the "pugil stick battles" around the 3:05 mark (and it's easy to see why).

Pretty impressive stuff.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.