From sunrise to sunset: the life of a student-athlete

The alarm clock went off at 5 a.m. last Wednesday, about 12 hours since Tuesday night’s football practice ended in the McClain Center. In less than two hours, Derek Watt would be back inside McClain for an early morning practice, the first of its kind this season.

He’s used to getting up early, but not quite this early. The morning practice was abnormal, but the morning meetings he has each week never let him sleep past 7 a.m. The altered schedule left him just 4.5 hours of sleep to function on, a few less than his normal goal of six. On this day, though, early morning practice was a necessity.

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