BYU Summer Workouts: What's Happening?

It's no secret as many as 70 BYU football players -- scholarship and walk-on players alike -- have been preparing for the upcoming season with intense voluntary workouts supervised by Cougar strength and conditioning coach <b>Jay Omer</b>.

You can find them on any Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning in the weight room and BYU practice field in Provo. It's something the team knows it must do to stay in shape, remain sharp and build team unity.

These strenuous workouts are not just midsummer jaunts through the practice field. Each workout includes running sprints, ladders and other exhausting drills that Coach Omer is now famous for. Each workout on the field is preceded by an equally taxing weight lifting regimen for all who have volunteered.

The workouts are almost always followed by non-contact seven-on-sevens passing by quarterbacks and other offensive skill positions against linebackers, defensive backs.

BYU coaches cannot coach or be present during these summer workouts.

The summer workouts begin at 8 a.m. and usually end between 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

EDITOR'S NOTE: has attended many of these workouts and could provide a detailed report on specific players who are looking impressive in these workouts. However, BYU athletic department officials requested we do not mention names -- which would indicate or confirm who is participating and who is not.

There is some question whether this may violate the spirit if not existing NCAA regulations by indirectly pressuring student athletes who are not participating in these team workouts -- who may be conducting their own workouts separately. BYU officials have opted to take a conservative view and asked TBS to cooperate with them.

We agreed. We also fully recognize there are a number of other college websites, including some sites, that publish detailed accounts of these workouts with names and photos. We can only speak for ourselves.

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