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Nevertheless, making part of the summer workouts mandatory is an acknowledgement that college football more and more is becoming a year-round sport.
Not all view that idea as such a bad thing.
Mandatory football workout guidelines
» Mandatory periods are eight weeks with eight hours a week, including up to two hours of film review with coaches, with the rest being strength and conditioning sessions.
» No skill instruction such as formations, running plays, etc., is permitted.
» Returning student-athletes may participate without being enrolled in classes if they meet certain academic standard benchmarks, otherwise they may only practice while classes are in session.
» Incoming student-athletes may participate only while enrolled in summer courses and during the period of time their classes are in session.
"Having the coaches there to go through things and tell us what to do helps," said Utah State lineman Austin Stephens. "We need every little bit to help us improve overall."
Reporter Jay Drew contributed to this report.
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