Hey let me start off this journal by thanking you for taking the time to track my progress. I am a defensive linemen at a non BCS D-1A school. At this time I am going to protect my identity but as time passes, I may disclose more information but im new to this site. I am 6'2 254 pounds. I have 3 years of elgibility remaining, after redshirting my first year at school and then playing this past year. I have played end mostly throughout my carear and got recruited to play it however due to graduation I am going to play interior defensive line and strongside defensive end this year. I am fine with that, anything to help my team succeed. I actually like playing 3 technique (tackle going against the guard) because they are even less athletic then tackles and i have pretty good strength and you get a lot of 1 on 1 pass rush opportunities.
We are about 2 weeks from spring ball which is later then most d1 schools. That is fine with me, more time to improve and get better. My pre-winter workout numbers were bench- 355 pounds, squat-480 pounds, and power clean 290 pounds. My 40 yard time was a 4.88, shuttle was a 4.32, vertical a 31.12 inches (vert pad), and broad jump of 9 feet 2 inches. As you can tell, my 40 time is not amazing however I have good explosion and good change of direction speed which is why i excel. A lot of the 40 yard times on here are hilarious.. you are not running nearly as fast as you think you are. I was timed at Nike "electonically" at 4.7 my senior year. I am definitley faster now but those arent legit times. Just look at the NFL combine, I think people would be suprised at what a legit 4.9 looks like. Enough with that, its just funny how many 4.4 people are on here but im at a major d1 program and we have 4-5 guys running those legit and there are very few at the NFL combine each year. Anyway I have been busting my ass this winter and hopefuly I will see a dramatic jump when we test before spring ball.
Long term goal, is rather simple.. make the NFL. What seemed as a dream long time ago seems to be more and more acheivable as I see guys around me make the NFL and perform so well at the NFL pro day. I am not saying the odds are i make it, however I beleive I can get there. We run a 4-3 in college and I can play both inside and outside which makes me versatile. However, my best chance at the next level is more of a 3-4 end. THose not familiar with football, 3-4 ends are usually heavier and less fast. Realistically, I dont think I'll ever run a 4.6 to be a 4-3 end in the NFL. Because I am 254 pounds, I do need to gain a good amount of weight to make this a possibility. The good thing is that I am 254 pounds at 11.7% bodyfat and have 3 years. I have the lowest body-fat of any linemen here and I am long armed and am constantly told by coaches I could gain another 20 pounds. Long term, I want to be in the 280 range but I realize that is way too much weight for one off-season. I am hoping to gain another solid 15 pounds by next season, putting me at 270 and keeping my athleticism, strength, and speed. Although I am on the shorter side for a 3-4 end, I am very technically sound.
Although I don't have much choice in my workout program because the strength and conditioning coaches put us through workouts, I do beleive this site could help alot with diet. I do keep a food journal here and have training table however honestly I beleive i could use more advice. Our strength and conditioning coaches are great when it comes to workouts however what I read here and what they advise me conflicts. I have a rather fast metabolism and I am working out a real real lot, so I eat a ton of calories. I eat pretty healthy and a ton to add good weight however I never have to be too strict because ultimatley i am a defensive linemen .
The life of a Divison 1 football player is far from glamorous 353 days of the year. Sure those 12 games where your in front of thousands and thousands is great. But working out until you throwup, waking up at 5 AM 5 days of the week, practicing in the hot, cold, rain and snow, and dedicating your life isnt easy. Im not saying anything is easy but their is a big misconception people have with D1 football. A scholarship is nice but we earn every last doller. Meetings, film, meetings, workouts, practice are all that consumes our lives.. and more meetings. It really is a love/hate relationship. I hate getting up at 5 AM and working out till i puke and then going to class all dayu and then coming back and squatting and snatching but I love football. Like every other football player, my life revolves around the game. This absolute dedication has made me the best player I can be so far but i plan on getting so much better. We get no academic shortcuts, I spend most of my freetime watching film, meeting with tutors, and perfecting my technique. It's not easy but it's worth it to me. I am lucky I had a great freshman year and am already planning on making these next 3 incredible.
Again, any comments, question, or advice is welcome. I've learned that I don't know everything... or even close and could use the help. This journey isnt going to be easy but I approach every rep, every practice, every lift with the mindset that what I am doing will make me a better player and closer to my dream. May God bless you all in you now and your future endovers