I could sit here and type for hours and hours about my long journey to where I am now however the past is the past. All that matters to me is what I do with my last 3 seasons of football as Division 1 defensive linemen. I am 6'2 264 pounds, I play both defensive end and defensive tackle (3 technique-mainly in long distance and pass rush situations) and hope to make the NFL. 5 players this past year were either selected from my school in the Draft or signed Rookie FA contracts. This has given me hope if the next 3 years I absolutely dedicate myself and push my body to the absolute limit that I will get my shot.
As far as working out, I make all of my workouts in the off-season. Obviously when I'm at school I follow their program and we are given a rather precise workout schedule, which I essentially choose to not follow. I have always made my workouts, and have been able to gain a lot of strength, speed, power, and athleticism. I transformed from a 6'2 215 pound high school linebacker to 6' 2 264 pound defensive linemen. I read countless articles and read forums about athletic training but have friends in the NFL who have trained at top performance centers and have a good amount of insight. I am blessed with a great CNS with muscles which recover extremely fast so my routine for most may be considered overtraining but I am about to train two times a day on most days with everything from strength training to speed training to plyos to flexibility.
As far as nutrition, I am 6'2 264 pounds but I was measured at 14.6% body fat. I was measured at that however I would say I'm a little bit more like 16 or 17% realistically but if you saw me, I am in really good shape. Concerning nutrition, I work out so much that I eat about 6,000 calories for the most part clean and add good weight which I am fortunate for, I have a very fast metabolism which is a blessing that I stay in shape but a curse for adding weight and have to eat, eat, eat just to maintain my weight. I am constantly stuffing my face however I do not count calories, I basically am on a seafood diet, I see food and then I eat it. I don't plan meals but stay fairly hungry and I eat about 6-7 meals a day. I will continue this philosophy until I am not happy where my performance is.
My short-term goals for the next 2 months before camp are to get strong as fcuk, big as shiiitt, and fast as hell. I have goals which I have had since the beginning of my summer training and all definitely seem reachable and will put me into the best position to beast this year, anything less then all conference as a sophomore will be a bust. Here are my goals before camp in a couple months:
Height: 6'2 (obviously there)
Weight: 272-275 (264)
Bench: 390 pounds ( 370 pounds)
Squat: 500 pounds ( around 465 now but rapidly increasing with box squat work)
Hang Clean: 315 pounds (295 pounds)
Front Squat: 375 pounds ( 345 pounds)
Vertical Jump: 31 inches ( 30 inches)
Broad Jump: 9 feet 5 inches ( 9 feet)
40: 4.88 (4.92)
Box Jump: 52 inches (50 inch best)
Shuttle: 4.45 (4.55)
110 yard sprints: 17 under 18 seconds with 30 seconds between reps (our Conditioning test)
Pull-ups: 12 (currently can do like 8 with strict form)
Long Term: Make the NFL. I don't care about numbers, I don't care about times, I don't care about stats, and I just want to make the NFL.
I will start this journal as a summer log before my sophomore season. Hopefully if people follow and like it then I will continue to update it in season with game statistics, in season lifting, nutrition, etc. Maybe this journal will turn into a full documentation on my road to the NFL. Either way thanks for following and supporting me living out my dream, any comments, critiques, questions or help is always appreciate it