Last August, former Texas coach Charlie Strong said his team looked “as good as anybody” when they walked on the field. Physically speaking, some looked phenomenal.
New strength coach Yancy McKnight has turned the screws even tighter, apparently.
First-year UT coach Tom Herman casually threw out some eye-popping numbers about his players’ offseason work after Monday’s first practice.
“I think we’ve shed 500 pounds of body fat and added 380 pounds of lean muscle mass as a team since January,” Herman said. “We’ve increased our team average vertical jump by an inch and half, which across the whole team is pretty significant.
“I think our back squat maxes increased 70 pounds per person, so that means some guys were 40 and some guys were 100 in months,” the coach added. “It’s noticeable out there. Much more stamina, and I don’t mean that from a lung standpoint. When you are strong, you can go and bend and change direction. When you’re weak, in period 12, you’re having a hard time changing direction.”
One player Herman doted on was receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, who is now listed at 185 pounds. “He’s added weight to his thin frame and needed to,” Herman said. “When you’re out there, you’re blocking nickels and Sam linebackers, not corners.”
Herman said an ideal weight for running back Chris Warren III would be 250 pounds. That’s exactly what he’s listed at on the roster.
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