I've never quite been clear on what college football players do during the summer and hope that some of our more learned folks on this forum can enlighten me.
My understanding is that summer work consists of two parts: strength and conditioning, and 7 on 7. The S&C part I believe I understand. Players are expected to show up for prescribed workouts at prescribed frequencies under the direct supervision of the S&C staff, who are the only coaches allowed to have significant contact and provide direct instruction to the players during the summer. If that's wrong, please let me know.
My bigger question regards 7 on 7, largely because I graduated from HS long before 7 on 7 became ubiquitous. I've always been under the impression that 7 on 7 is kind of like flag football with a bit more structure. My understanding here is that the players run the show and that attendance is more or less "voluntary," although the coaches know who is coming and who isn't. So my questions are: Is it voluntary? Which players lead it? The quarterbacks? Who decides what, when and where? Do they run real plays from the playbook (or close approximations given that it's not 11 on 11)? What do the non-skill players do during 7 on 7? Is is daily? Twice daily?
I appreciate the education in advance.