The Marshall Thundering Herd football team has posted three consecutive double-digit win seasons under head coach Doc Holliday. This year they could be absolutely terrifying because from the sounds of this story on the school website, basically the entire team has made otherworldly gains in the weight-room.
So far this offseason, three players have bested the Marshall bench press record held by two former players who went on to the NFL. It took 12 years for 6’5″, 270-pound defensive lineman James Rouse (spent training camp with Texans last year before injury) to come along and equal the 500-pound mark set by then-future NFL longsnapper Chris Massey. Now those guys seem weak. Via HERDZONE:
Those are three of 37 fresh marks set by the football program last month in six categories: bench press, power clean, pro bench (number of repetitions at 225 pounds), squat, vertical jump and broad jump.
Marshall keeps track of the top 5 marks in all those categories, by positions with historically similar body types, on a board. Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Day has only been with the program since January, but the players have already responded with ridiculous gains.
There were so many players who bested the minimum qualifications to make the board that they’ll never see their names listed in the weight room. The bar to qualify in the top five at each position and in each category has been pushed higher than ever.
Devers credited Day and the assistant strength coaches.
“I think the biggest thing was Coach Day came in and made us all believers,” Devers said. “He was able to take the best out of us and made us want to come to work every day.
Then there’s the jumping.
Day said 28 players saw their vertical jump increase by two or more inches since March, and some players added as much as four inches.
I’m not sure if Day should get a bonus or the former Strength and Conditioning Coach should offer a refund. Marshall sounds terrifying.