Welcome to Phase 3 of Georgia’s football preseason.
Spring practice is over, but the preparation for the 2017 football campaign is only just beginning.
“The key for preseason camp is how we manage our Phase 3, which is Maymester, final exams, workouts this summer, that’s the next step for us,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “Can we get bigger, stronger, faster? Can we outwork the teams we’re going to play from now until fall camp?”
Not hearing a lot of free time in there.
Off-season? Not really.
NCAA rules now allow a maximum of eight hours of mandatory workouts for players for eight weeks of the summer. Coaches are allowed to watch conditioning sessions and meet with players for up to two hours each week, although any on-the-field work with footballs remains prohibited.
But Smart wants his players to strive for much more than just what is simply required.
“There’s so much you can do without coaches out there,” Smart said. “Go out there, do it, get better, and that’s what we’re challenging those guys to do. Go out there and take the leadership role. Jacob (Eason), Jake (Fromm), let’s keep getting better and let’s keep moving forward because I do think we got better this spring.”
Good thing it’s not a job. I’d hate to think these guys were being forced to do things instead of enjoying themselves after the regular school year ends just like their fellow students can.