Syracuse practices at Army base

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- The Syracuse is practicing at an Army base in northern New York this week in an effort to instill a new level of discipline and teamwork.

Coming off a 5-7 season, the Orange are trying everything they can to improve and take a step forward. The team is hoping a week away to focus solely on football and teamwork makes that happen.

The players live in barracks and every night eat dinner with the soldiers on base to connect with them and learn about their lives in the military.

The players return to Syracuse on Sunday to finish training camp on their own fields before the season opener against Northwestern at home on Sept. 1. But they'll leave Fort Drum with a whole new outlook on the military, and a new appreciation for the importance of teamwork.