The Fork Union football team would usually still be at home this time of season.
But there the Blue Devils were, opening training camp Tuesday night a full six days earlier than usual, all in preparation for the team's opener August 25th against Hermitage, a game set to be nationally televised on ESPNU.
FUMA coach Mickey Sullivan hasn't been shy about his excitement in seeing his team on the national stage, even if the early clash moves camp a bit earlier than he would like.
Still, the veteran Blue Devils coach couldn't deny his players the opportunity of a lifetime.
"it's just a great opportunity for a bunch of young guys. It's like I told the families this morning, they'll be tied together forever. This is the first time this has ever happened and it will be something they remember the rest of their lives," Sullivan said.
Undoubtedly one of the key drawing points for ESPN towards having Fork Union in the game was senior quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who the network's high school recruiting division has ranked as the top signal caller in the nation.
Hackenberg joins his teammates in their excitement of the game but credits the Blue Devils before him for the opportunity.
"I credit it to a lot of the teams before us who established a tradition at Fork Union and we're just the lucky bunch who actually get to go do it so I'm looking forward to it," he said. "It's going to be a great opportunity and great exposure for a lot of these guys and you know, just have fun."
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