Thursday, August 22, 2013

College footbal 101: The Junction Boys and Gatorade

Each week, we'll take a look back at some of the most memorable games, moments and storylines in college football history. Here we go:

1954: On August 31, more than 100 Texas A&M players departed College Station for Junction with Coach Bear Bryant for a grueling 10-day camp in blistering heat and only 35 stuck it out. Those 10 days were the inspiration for Jim Dent's book, The Junction Boys, which later became an ESPN TV movie in 2002.

1966: During the summer of '66, two University of Florida professors completed their year-long research on a new product to help Florida football players - including future Heisman Trophy winner and future college coach Steve Spurrier - replenish electrolytes and stay hydrated during practices in hot and humid weather. The lime-flavored fluid became known as Gatorade.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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