On Monday, Texas coach Tom Herman told reporters that “I’ve never been more excited to coach a team than this one.” The Longhorns’ showing in the weight room might have stoked that excitement.
During a press conference ahead of the team’s spring practices, Herman commended strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight and his staff. Texas began its off-season workout program in January when the students returned from their winter break.
Herman said that 40 Longhorns had power-cleaned at least 300 pounds. The week before spring break, 33 players had posted a back squat of over 500 pounds. Forty-six of Herman’s athletes had a vertical jump that exceeded 30 inches. (Kris Boyd, who will be a senior cornerback, would have ranked ninth among defensive backs at the NFL Combine with his team-high vertical leap of 38.5 inches).
In addition to the numbers posted by Boyd, linebacker Breckyn Hager and defensive lineman Charles Omenihu, Herman was pleased by what he saw from some of his younger players. Ta’Quon Graham, Samuel Cosmi and Marqez Bimage, who all signed with Texas in 2017, joined Hager among the four Longhorns who power-cleaned at least 350 pounds. Bimage also posted a 610-pound back squat.
“That is a testament to the development that goes on during the season for a lot of these young guys,” Herman said. “They work out one extra day a week during the season and it paid big dividends.”
Herman wasn’t only person boasting about UT’s off-season workouts. After Bimage praised McKnight last week, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took a shot at the poor combine numbers posted by former Oklahoma lineman Orlando Brown. That drew the ire of Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, the Austin native who led Oklahoma to a 29-24 win over Ehlinger and the Longhorns last season.
— Marqez Bimage (@MarqezBimage_) March 12, 2018
— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 12, 2018
Baker Mayfield, on Texas QB Sam Ehlinger’s tweet about Orlando Brown’s bench press pic.twitter.com/SDtJs2Zwbk
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) March 14, 2018
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