I'm a division 1 football player. I can answer most questions you may have, I've been through all of the different phases. Early on in highschool I was extremely inexperienced and lazy, I got fat and had a few major setbacks. Then I dedicated myself in the weightroom and in training and turned myself into an athlete. I was recruited by most major college football programs. I've been through my first college season and performed really well.
I can answer any questions, I can show you what a football weight program is like, help with understanding the recruiting process, help with developing speed and give pointers on how to get better on and off the field. I've been around and trained with some of the best college and pro players and have picked up many tips and pointers from them I'm willing to share.
Let's get this thing rolling
Thread: Ask a D1 Football Player
01-04-2012, 06:04 AM #1
Ask a D1 Football Player#TeamAthlete
01-04-2012, 06:51 AM #2
01-04-2012, 08:02 AM #3
Regarding the NFL, no doubt about it. That's what my goal is and I've been and will continue busting my tail to do so.
One of the biggest parts to developing speed is increasing your flexibility. The more flexible you are, the faster you will run. Another thing a lot of people neglect is parallel. You need to get parallel when you squat when working to be a football player. It will help you be faster, develop stronger legs, hit harder, and make you an overall better football player/athlete. Just a few of the many things I've picked up over the past few years.
If the NFL didn't pan out, then I would start working in business marketing and work my way up the corporate world. That's why I'm a student-athlete not just an athlete. You always have to have a backup plan#TeamAthlete
01-04-2012, 08:38 AM #4
How hard is college practice compared to high school practice? That's what I've always wondered..
Are there any players on your team that aren't that gifted physically but are really good players?
Did your team play in a bowl game?(don't have to say which one)
what are your lifting stats like? How about your teammates?
I wish I can play college football man.. I'm missing football more and more everyday. Good luck brah
01-04-2012, 08:40 AM #5
Hey man ,im a British player who will be coming over to the US for college this fall. Theres a big drive in the sport here atm and with success's of guys like Elliot Hoyte (English DE just got Scholarship to Boise St) better and better athletes are starting to play. Im playing at SS and 2-back. What sort of stats are freshman DBs in division 1 shcools posting? Ill have to approach my college team through a camp or student body trials so i want to be prepared to impress with my athletisism.
My current stats:
Bench: 190 (this is poor, working atm)
I hope to be at about 190-195 by the summer break, ive been out for about 3 months with Bennet's Fracture/Dislocation and lost about a stone in weight.
Any other tips on how to impress coaches would be greatly appreciated
Thanks in advance.
I hope to be about 190
01-04-2012, 08:47 AM #6
Try to improve your 40 time.. That's probably the most important physical skills for a DB and one that stands out
Instinct and tackling is one of the most important skills for a safety. And don't get burnt in the secondary.
01-04-2012, 09:17 AM #7
Thanks man I appreciate it. I know the feeling, I feel the same way about wrestling, that was truly my passion but football is what I was made for.#TeamAthlete
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01-04-2012, 01:51 PM #11
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01-04-2012, 04:46 PM #12
In regards to my S & C coaching staff we have one of the best in college football. Our head Strength coach was the head strength coach with seahawks when they made the superbowl, who holds many Bench press WRs. He teaches us all proper form and we are one of the very top teams in the country strength wise.
Workout wise, they're tough. That's an understatement. Mon-wed-fri We weightlift. tue thurs we do other workouts. When we lift we use fast turnover rate in between sets. Most of the time you and your partner have anywere from 1-2 minutes to both complete your sets and change your weight and be ready for the next set. This is probobly the toughest part. Also almost everytime we lift(minus max days and a few other scenarios) We do all three of the main lifts, bench, clean(Hang or power just depends) and squat. Normally they are all really heavy, but he varies the rep count and weight percentage every workout, no two workouts are really the same. After our main lifts we do auxilaries and then we go and condition in some way.
If anyone would like a sample or a good looking workout for football just PM me I'll send you some, you can tell me what you think.
My Highschool weight program was run pretty similar to this, except the turnover times were very slow.
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01-04-2012, 05:35 PM #13
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He was just signed by the Bills 2 days ago. Hard work pays off. Best of luck to you.I get a lot of questions about my fit recipes. All the recipes I've done (that are in .jpg) are available at this imgur link: http://imgur.com/a/Ytyip#0
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01-05-2012, 08:19 AM #19
My question is from a receiver, cornerback standpoint but I think really applies to sports in general so you or anyone else here probably knows
how much is the upperbody used in running? I know we use it for stabilizing and in the case of corner/receiver you use it to press/beat press. But if I had massive legs and do a bunch of agility work and basically everything except lift upperbody, could i still get close to my max speed/quickness? And would I still need upperbody at those two positions for anything besides press and I guess tackling?
Reason: I keep getting tendonosis/bursitis and just things like that in my shoulder and it's gotten so annoying that i'm thinking about not trying to get back into lifting for quick some time but i just got past 7 month mark for ACL surgery and my legs are feeling great and plan on building them up, so I would be mostly all lowerbody and some abs with relatively minimal upperbodyDallas Cowboys -
01-05-2012, 09:00 AM #20
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how much are you guys tested? I only ask because I just finished my first year of college ball @ a D3 school, we were ranked as high as 14th this season and i didn't even hear the words "drug test" once before, during, or after our season. And since you go to a D1 school, I'm guessing you get football gear free right (gloves cleats visors). We have to pay for our stuff =/Get This Shiiiiiiiiiiiit
01-05-2012, 10:20 AM #21
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01-05-2012, 01:35 PM #23
I played at BCS school, graduated in 2005 and also GA'd for a year. Filiming the game is fine just make sure you have copies of the game films that you can send out if need to. What coaches impressed me, the ones that were real and not the ones who you could tell were just bull****ing you. If you want to discuss specific schools and coaches feel free to PM me.
Academics, varies from program to program, obviously at Stanford academics are more important than at Georgia where you can be illiterate and still play.
Hours during the season are usually loosely adhered to. Remeber all the time you spend watching film on your own, getting treatment, extra work in the weight room or on the field dont count toward the hour rule
If i had to do it all over again i wouldnt change much besides doing better academically in High school so i couldve went to schools i was interested in. In terms of recruiting make sure to do alot of reasearch on your own. Every coach is going to tell you we have the "best S&C coach in the country", "best facilities", "best academic support". "academics are priority" etc. Some are true, some are exaggerations, some are white lies and some are straight up lies.
Physical stature has alot to do with being recruited. Myself i was considered a tweener at little under 6'1 and 210-215. Was recruited to play either LB or Safety but i was a good size for a safety, and had good speed but would struggle against quicker faster recievers, but be good in run support. As a linebacker i had great speed, great in coverage but struggled against teams that were big, on the college level. I really dont have the frame to carry more than 225-230 max at a low body fat and in playing shape. I had like 15 offers not one really cared about my strength numbers, speed numbers they watch tape and judge because everyone lies about 40 times, I did run track so they knew exactly how fast i was and with combines now for high school kids they have a good estimate as well. Speed is about 100x more important than strength when in high school. Strength is more readily developed than speed.
Hope it helps if you have any specfic questions feel free to PM me
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My question is does your school have a meal program type of deal for the athletes at your school? Something like what the University of Florida has for it's student-athletes.
01-05-2012, 04:12 PM #27
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people need to realize when your being recruited there are alot of things you look at and not just the name of the school. If monster picked a smaller BCS conference school whats the issue. I mean i didnt attend the best name program i was offered by I went to a place where i loved the program, facilities, staff and they had good view on academics and they were one of a handful of schools that stood by me after i tore 3 of 4 ligaments in knee. Where as a Big 10 program i loved, where i was almost positive i was going to commit to, one of my first offers, wanted me really bad etc. I couldnt get them to return my phone call after i told them what my MRI results were.
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