Georgia Tech starts mandatory workouts Saturday

Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins instructs during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Georgia won 52-7 over the Georgia Tech. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins instructs during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Georgia won 52-7 over the Georgia Tech. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Georgia Tech will begin mandatory workouts for football Saturday, another step in the proposed path towards resuming college athletics competition this fall.

Tech coach Geoff Collins has established a schedule in which Yellow Jackets players will be required to participate in up to eight hours of weight training, conditioning and video review per week from Saturday through July 21.

Following that period, the weekly limit on mandatory activities will be raised to 20 hours, starting July 22 and extending through Aug. 4.

That includes up to eight hours of weight training and conditioning, up to six hours for walk-throughs (which may include the use of a football) and up to six hours of meetings, which can include video review and meetings (team, position group and one on one).

On Aug. 5, Tech will begin preseason camp, pointing to the season opener against Clemson at Bobby Dodd Stadium, scheduled for Sept. 3.

Tech’s plan follows rules established by the NCAA for this year to account for the extended period in which football players (and all athletes) were not permitted to work out on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Collins began welcoming football players back to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15, as Tech athletes returned to campus in waves over several weeks.