You would be excused if you walked into an Oregon State football practice and thought you were at a dance club.
That's because the Beavers have ditched practice playlists in favor of a trendier sound -- a DJ.
Oregon State is one of a few programs across the country that has invited a DJ to play at its practices. The idea started this spring, when coach Mike Riley brought in former Oregon State student Marcus Gores to spin tracks. The Beavers immediately took to the new sounds.
“At first I started dancing, and then I was shocked," running back Storm Woods told USA Today. “It made practice more fun, more intense. Guys were flying around. It was a different atmosphere. A better one.”
Oregon State isn't the only football program to employ a DJ. Both Texas A&M and Louisiana-Lafayette have recently added DJs to their practices. In fact, Louisiana-Lafayette student Chris Hilliard (aka DJ Chris) doesn't just spin at practice. Hilliard travels with the team and plays in the locker room before and after games.
"I'm a young guy and I wanted to play music at practice," Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, who is 44, told USA Today. "I would never work out without music."
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