banner
Mark Thomas

Leaders defined in summer workouts

Posted June 22, 2013

Spring football is a crazy time where players can put the pads on and hit each other, but there is so much improvement that takes place during that time. For Duke, North Carolina, and NC State this summer actually may be more important than what happened in the spring.

The NCAA rules do not allow for coaches to teach during the summer. And while there aren't any official practices, the players still have the ability to meet with the strength and conditioning coaches for workouts.

Players are only required to take one class in June and July to be able to stay on campus. Less class work allows teams to spend more time with each other, and to focus in on their workouts. The workouts aren't easy though. More focus will be given to legwork and getting in the best physical shape of your life. And while the triangle football teams are getting bigger and stronger, the improvements of a football team go above and beyond the changes to a players body.

You see, at the end of the season most of your leaders have either graduated or moved on to the NFL. During the spring football practice sessions, the juniors now take on the role of leaders. But it's during the summer when those leaders are truly identified.

VInce Lombardi once said, 'Fatigue makes cowards of us all.' The hot grueling workouts of the summer define who your leaders are going to be. The greatest physical improvements you will ever make as a player is in summer workouts. But even larger strides will be taken in the form of leadership.

5 Comments

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • StunGunn Jun 24, 8:54 p.m.

    ^^^^

    Good points, twetherby - thanks.

  • twetherby Jun 24, 4:53 p.m.

    I believe Mark's point is that in the spring workouts and game, the coaches are there driving the workouts and the practices. With Seniors graduating, there is typically a void in leadership. The summer period is the first one where the players are left on their own to hold workouts/practices. Coaches are not allowed to be present, so, new leaders MUST step up to make sure workouts/practices run smoothly and that things are accomplished.

    Mark is dead on correct.

  • StunGunn Jun 23, 4:44 p.m.

    I didn't know the summer was so vital in determining team leaders. I thought it was a time to capitalize on not having to go to class, and therefore, having more time to devote to the weight room and fine tune other aspects of the game.

    @ korn - I agree about Renner. He may not be the most talented guy in the world, but his hard work and determination will - and has - gone a long way into him becoming the QB he is.

  • Hokies94 Jun 23, 4:11 p.m.

    Ah. I don't know about this one. Most leaders lead all during the year. They lead when they are in the regular season, the off-season, the weight room, team meetings, and how they carry themselves all of the time. They don't wait until the summer to become a leader.

  • kornfan2448 Jun 22, 7:53 p.m.

    Renner is the obvious leader of the explosive Tar Heels offense. Question is, who will step up on the defensive side? I think Heffernan will need to step up and take over for the linebackers, they're a young group with just one Sr. and four Fr., I believe. Can't wait for football season!

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Teams TBD

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Teams TBD

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Oakland at Denver

    Sunday at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Denver at Cincinnati

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Devils

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State vs. Rice

    Wednesday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
Final
MIN 96
IND 100
Final
OKC 99
NOP 101
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
2nd
UTEP 48
ALCOR 17
 
1st
SEAT 21
SACST 10
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
Final
EDM 5
DAL 6
Final
BOS 4
BUF 3
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
CHI 4
TOR 0
2nd
WIN 3
PHI 1
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
3rd
ARI 3
SEA 14