Next week, college football preseason practices will spring to life across the nation.
Players will report for “fall camp” and two-a-day practices, one of the prime bonding times for any collegiate team. Players live together, eat together, sweat together and grow closer under the blistering August sun, preparing for the season ahead.
Coaches can’t wait for practice to get here. It is a chance for them to mold their rosters and see who they think will stand up in the crucible that is big-time college football. Who they can trust. Who they can’t.
Just as importantly, it’s a chance for them to keep a closer eye on their players. While NCAA rules now allow coaches to observe “voluntary” summer workouts, the beginning of preseason practice means the end of summer and the end of the period where coaches are worried about what their players are doing.
Summer can be a season for arrests as much as it is for player development, and this summer has been no different. Multiple players have found themselves ensnared by the long arm of the law, with various degrees of seriousness. Here are eight reasons that college football coaches are glad preseason practice is right around the corner.