As fall camp opens at colleges across the country, coaches and players aren't the only ones working hard. Many of the jobs most essential to keeping teams running smoothly belong to equipment managers.
Billy Napier watched first-hand as Nick Saban built a powerhouse at Alabama behind an assembly line of staff. Now, he's using Saban's influence and the memory of his late father to aim for success at Louisiana.
A year ago, it would've seemed highly unlikely for either Matt Luke or Jordan Ta'amu to be representing Ole Miss at this year's SEC media days. Now, the head coach and the QB have embraced their shared path.