Video edited by Grace Remington, Carleigh Turner and Ariel Wiley
Ever thought about skipping your 8:30 a.m. class in order to gain a few extra hours of sleep? Division-I football players don’t have the choice. They’re up before the break of dawn hitting the weights.
NCAA regulations prevent players from engaging in athletically related activities for more than 20 hours per week, so when players put in additional hours of studying film and practicing, it’s on their own time.
Some Miami players compare being a college football player to a full-time job, as football duties consume 25-30 hours per week. Add in the responsibilities that come with being a student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, and it’s a pretty hectic schedule.
Below is a breakdown of a typical day for a college football player:
5:00 a.m. Wake up
5:30 – 6:45 a.m. Lift
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Medical treatment, breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Class
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Get taped and dressed for practice
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Team meetings (watching film)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Practice
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Post-practice treatment, showers
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Homework, dinner
Watch the video above for a glimpse into a day in the life of a Miami football player.
Produced in collaboration with Miami Television News (@MiamiTVnews).