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.