During the month of August, temperatures in the south can easily rise into triple digits. This heat spike becomes a real problem for college football programs, which begin preseason camp in the middle of the sweltering summer.
Coaches need to be flexible enough to get the most on-field practice time possible, while also keeping player safety in mind. Some coaches choose to hold indoor practices until it cools down outside, others take their players for a swim; Bret Bielema, head coach at Arkansas, makes sure to bring along plenty of Gatorade.
Arkansas players drank 75,456 ounces of Gatorade over the first three days of practice, according to the Razorbacks’ Twitter account.
That is a lot of thirst quencher.
Arkansas went through 262 cases, each case containing 24, 12-ounce bottles. There are 105 players on the preseason roster, according to Arkansas’ Assistant AD Patrick Pierson, meaning each player consumed 718 ounces of Gatorade, or 60, 12-ounce bottles, over the past three days of practice.
It is common knowledge that the human body is roughly 75 percent water. There is a pretty good chance that if an Arkansas player was tested after the team’s third practice, they would be at least 5 percent Gatorade.
The sports drink’s popular slogan, “Is it in you?” need not be asked to the Razorbacks. It definitely is.