Irish dealing with excessive heat heading into season opener

Dealing with heat is nothing new for football teams.

Whether its the NFL, college, high school or pee-wee football, teams all across the country deal with periods of excessive heat.

But what makes this week different is that Notre Dame is preparing for its first game of the season in conditions they haven't seen all camp. The 90 degree temperatures are by far the hottest days of the summer, and unquestionably the hottest and stickiest days since camp opened up in early August.

"It's a struggle but at the end of the day you have to overcome adversity," cornerback KeiVarae Russell says. "This is something new for us and yeah, it gets hot in South Bend on occasion. All though out camp it wasn't too hot. It just came out of no where--this heat stroke came out of no where. It's kind of tough for us but it might happen on Saturday so we have to get used to it now."

"Coaches are doing a good job of making sure we are getting water and water breaks and taking our helmets off and things like that," running back George Atkinson explains. "It's a personal thing. We have to make sure we are hydrated and ready to go."

After practice on Wednesday, the Irish hopped into the ice baths setup outside the practice fields. That's normally not a fun routine in a post practice situation but in 90 degree temperatures, it feels pretty good.

Notre Dame opens the season Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium against Temple. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s.

"Yeah it's hot but that absolutely helps with the mental toughness as well so its all good stuff," Irish offensive lineman Christian Lombard says.

"We really see it as advantage to step up and see what adversity is like," defensive lineman Sheldon Day says. "We really took it to a personal level and accepted the heat."

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