A Day In The Life: Football Practice Number Four
AMES, Iowa Sunday was not a day of rest for the Iowa State football team. It began at 6 a.m.-6:15 a.m. and wouldn’t end until around 10:30 p.m. Such is the life for an ISU football player during fall practice.
The good news for Iowa State players who live off campus is they now get to go home to their apartments when position meetings end at 9:30 p.m. There was a time that the entire team stayed in a motel in August until the start of school. Not anymore. The veterans who live off campus spend the night at their own place. Newcomers or those players who live in dormitories stay at designated on-campus dorm suites. The veterans prefer the current set up.
“It is good to be able to go home at the end of the day and sleep in your own bed,” Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud said. “My freshman year (2006) we stayed in the hotel but I sleep better at my own place.”
Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. 7:15 a.m. at Linden Hall. By 7:15 the offense is meeting while the defense is lifting weights. At 8 a.m. the units flip flop.
“In morning meetings we are reviewing what we will do at practice,” Arnaud said. “There is also some review of tape film from the previous practice if something needs to be reviewed.”
At 8:45, the team, in shorts does a walk-through in the Bergstrom Athletic Training Facility, often concentrating on what will be addressed in practice that day.
After lunch, players get treatment for any aches and pains, get taped by the sports medicine staff and suit up for practice.
A special teams meeting follows. More than 80 of Iowa State’s 105 football players are involved in at least one special team so the meeting is well attended in the Jacobson Building auditorium. Additional meetings follow.
Practice starts at 2:20 p.m. on the fields east of University Drive. At 5 p.m. practice ends but the day is not over. After dinner together in the Jacobson Building, special teams and position meetings run until 9:30 p.m.
That is enough for one day.