Friday, August 21, 2009

The dirt on the Danes with Jason Poore

Note: This will be the first of a numerous part series where I get a chance to speak with a UAlbany football player about things they do on a day-to-day basis. Once the season begins, it will be more about how they are preparing for that week's opponent and what the focus is on. Usually, this feature will run earlier in the week. This will run in more of a diary fashion rather than a story.

On Friday, I had a chance to speak with Hoosick Falls native and junior wide receiver Jason Poore.

Poore caught 15 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown in 2008. At 6-foot-6, 210-pounds Poore can be a big target, especially around the end zone.

To start our conversation I asked Jason what a typical day of preseason consists of.

JP: We wake up around 7:15 (am). You get treatment if you need it and then we have a meeting around 8. We go over some plays, get taped and dressed and head out to the field around 8:50. We practice from 9-11. We head back in, shower and go eat around 11:30. We're back at 1:15 (pm) for a meeting with our positions. We tape and dress again and then practice from 3-5. At 5:30 or 6, we got and eat again and then have a team meeting at 6:30 before another meeting with our individual positions. That lasts until about 10 and then we have until 11 before we have to go to sleep.

I asked Jason what the players do in their spare time in between practices.

JP: Sometimes we'll get 45 minutes to an hour, where we'll hang out in the locker room and watch TV (Sports Center or movies on HBO said Poore, who said players will often catch up on sleep at that time).

I asked Jason how does preseason camp differ for a veteran like him compared to a freshman.

JP: The first week is more learning the plays over and over. Since I'm coming back for my fourth year, the plays are kind of the same. Now, we're in meetings where we watch film of that day's practice and are correcting mistakes so we don't make the same errors over and over.

I asked Jason how two-a-day practices compare to practice once the school year begins.

JP: It's easier because you don't have to worry about doing homework once you get done because after practice, you're always tired, but I think during the school year, it's a little easier because there's less practice and we have more free time.

I asked Jason about the upcoming season, the first game and thoughts about a three-peat.

JP: We've been thinking about this (the first game) since last year. It's a great opportunity to showcase what we have and put our name out there on a bigger scale. Everybody's thinking about taking it one game at a time and just trying to get the three-peat. That's what we're aiming for, nothing less than that.

Finally, I asked Jason what he did this summer. He worked with the grounds crew helping prepare the field for the New York Giants training camp.

JP: It was good experience. I got to learn how much work actually goes in to keeping the field ready and stuff I didn't even know that they did and how many times they have to paint the field. I was taken back by how much they actually do.

Poore said he would work from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. then go lift until 4:30 and then run on the track until 6.

(UAlbany Athletics)

Thanks to Jason for giving me a few minutes of his time and hopefully this was something worthwhile and informative.

Again, I'll be trying to catch up with a local UAlbany player each week. Next time I'll be discussing the first game of the season.

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Anonymous dane supporter said...

Great blog Andrew. Great to get some good player profiles on the area's only Division I football team.

Should be another great year for UAlbany. Looking forward to reading your blog during the season.

August 24, 2009 at 9:47 AM 

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