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Very good point.
Tim Matyaszek | Clemson 247Sports | Twitter: @Tim_Matty247
I remember reading a piece last year about Baston. The guy compred weight gains for defensive players. FSU and USC were gaining like 50 lbs. average on DL and Clemson was around 20 lbs. Don't really know how accurate the info was, but it was interesting. Weight isn't everyhing, but combined with strength and explosion it is.
This post was edited by Tiger_Leeroy 21 months ago
I wish we recruited more Duane Coleman's, Nathan Bennett's, Roman Fry's, etc.
Last year, when Alshon teabagged our DB, Duane Coleman would have gone ape shit.
This post was edited by Clemson 21 months ago
My answer to the idea that "subpar recruiting is where the problem lies and improved recruiting is where the problem is fixed" is simply this: Nick Saban's Alabama. Nick Saban took over a program that was performing at a marginal level and by his second season, they were LEGITIMATELY in the National Championship discussion. They dismantled pansy Bowden's last team, stomped their rival Auburn, and destroyed many solid teams along the way to finish the regular season undefeated. They were leading the eventual championship team Florida in the fourth quarter of the SEC championship game.....they were that close in year TWO.
That Alabama team began their current dynasty run not because of recruiting success, but rather because the players, most of whom were brought in by Mike Shula, had been transformed by a program structured to ensure success. Recruiting wouldn't have fixed the mediocrity of Alabama in such short order. On the contrary, what did ensure success was a head coach who new how to implement a program for success; a program built around hard work and preparation. A program led by a man who knows the CRITICAL role of the strength coach in molding men into warriors: strong, fast, powerful, and tenacious. It's that simple.
Did Saban acquire some guys who contributed early on? Sure. Mount Cody, Rolando McClain, and Julio Jones were all big gets and contributed right away. But Clemson has signed guys like Watkins, Bowers, Spiller, and Anthony yet never seem to see on-field progress from a program standpoint come to fruition. The reason? Talent ALONE will only go so far.....Talent development is just as critical. And development of your less-talented players is the most important of all.
Mental and physical toughness can be TAUGHT. Clemson simply does not have that attitude because you cannot build it in August camp and weekly game prep. It is a mental and physical process that takes place every day, all year. The fact it is a day-to-day quest makes the one coach who spends the most time with those players, the strength coach, the most important hire a head coach can make. Don't believe that? Ask Saban. Or Miles. Or Meyer.
Joey Batson has been head strength coach at Clemson 15 years. We are now on our third coach with him in charge, and the demanding fans are STILL waiting to see a team of warriors who maul their opponents and impose their will. If he remains in that postition, we are going to wait. And wait. And wait.
Batson is and will continue to be the weakest link of the process... Nothing will change as long as he's at Clemson
Did we have some misses in recruiting? Of course, that happens everywhere... we've also gotten extremely unlucky with losing guys on the o-line to career ending injuries... The ionic part is, some of those loses occured in the weight room... coincidence? I think not
This post was edited by Double_J 21 months ago
When video footoge of Batson's workouts, much of it with him right in the forefront, shows numerous players executing "power cleans" with arched lower backs at the beginning of the First Pull, I find it HIGHLY likely player back injuries like the one that ended JK Jay's career are not coincidental. Flexion of the lumbar spine during weight training is the NUMBER ONE cause of lower back/disc injuries. Without dispute.
Sadly, not only is the form dangerous, it renders this Olympic variant mostly useless in athletic development. The travesty doesn't end with that exercise. The arched backs on the bench and squats that don't even reach parallel are almost as bad. And the fact he puts this out to the world to see just confirms how absolutely clueless he is. Good night I wish we could send him to Columbia.
I think you about said everything that needs to be said....great work.
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