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Not pretending to know anything about this but I think a lot of it would be fundamental 'firing out, not up' type stuff with coach Gill and hand placement, and reacting to the snap.
With me pitifully attempting to fill Coach Mannie's role I'd have him working light with a ton of reps to try to keep stress off his joints and improve endurance / cut weight. Lots of Yoga / stretching / etc so he's not tearing biceps / pectoral / hamstrings cause you're going to get bent in about 12 different directions at the bottom of the pile no matter how strong you are.
With how strong he is he should be at about 40 to 50 reps at 225 with improved endurance.
Marriage is like flying with kids, if the flight had 500 connections, never ended, Ted Striker were your pilot and you ate the fish.
First of all...not trying to sound like a dick, but trainers is a terrible term. MSU has two full time certified Athletic Trainers on staff who deal with the Sports Medicine side of the sport. Along with an intern and GA and numerous students and multiple physicians. The Strength and Conditioning Coaches have Coach Mannie and I believe if I am correct coach Hoke works with them as well. They also have GA's and Interns but am not sure how many specifically work with football. Also don't know if they have any students that help. Just wanted to clear up the "trainers" term. As a graduate of the athletic training program at MSU... we are all trying to do our part and clear up the difference between the two professions and it can be easy to confuse the two because we work so closely with one another.
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'Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable'
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I thought I'd give my 2 cents
My name is Markos and I run a strength & conditioning gym in Australia. I have a background in football.
Last year one of my clients secured a full ride at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Rory Dew, 6'8", 330lbs, 19yo
I've known Gawain for a while. He has no peer in powerlifting in Oz. He is a freak. Ignore his fat guts. He is very disciplined and can get to any weight any coach requires
His sporting back ground is basketball, yes, he is a baller, so his feet and hands wont be as slow as some of you think
I believe you have some of the best coaches available, they now have one of the best raw talents available
Nice challenge, nice fit
One thing that hasnt been mentioned is his personality
This guy will be an asset ANYWHERE, in any organization. He is quality and modest.
Good luck Gawain
I dont know why but this part made me
And the more I hear the more I want.
All sounds like great input to me. Thanks for stopping by!
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hoke- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value.
If all of this is true, it makes me a bit more optimistic. I want to see Gawain succeed but it's almost too crazy to believe.
This story does have a bit of a Sidd Finch feel to it.
Brock Lesnar couldn't do it. Wish him the best, but I doubt that this guy will ever have an impact.
but Lesnar was not an asset ANYWHERE, in any organization. He is not quality and modest.
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By the way, great forum
Everyone agreeing is boring, but everyone being articulate and informed is rare
Gawain may never make it, but geez he'll enjoy the ride, and even if a couple of kids benefit from having him in the weight room, it cant be all bad
His size belies the fact that he is a very technical lifter who seldom grinds a rep, unbeleivably explosive
Im not sure if his deadlift has been mentioned, around 770lb
As a 12yo he practiced Olympic lifting
In 2009 he weighed just over 200lbs and was ripped, he decided to become the best super in Oz, so he ate
I knew about this "project" before most, he simply doesnt talk about himself at all. I have 3 daughters aged 14,14 and 16 who adore him, as does my wife and all the girls at PTC
He shits me
Thanks for the -1. Do you really think that this guy will contribute?
Is he mean enough to play american football? Has he played Aussie Football?
It makes me wonder if him never playing the game is actually better then being a raw talent coming from bad coaching. With bad coaching in a players pass, a lot of times you have to get them to lose the bad habits and forget all the crap the learned, then teach them. With this kid they can teach him the right way from the beginning. He won't have any bad habits to correct.
I like the idea. Like most have said, there really is nothing to lose. If he never sees the field, oh well. If he contributes at all, it is gravy.
Gawain hasnt played Aussie Rules, I dont see that as a negative
Is he mean enough?
When preparing for a lift, everyone knows to stay away, he has the ability to "flip" the switch when needed. There is none of that false bravado that comes with a bullshit personality though. Anyman that loads 850lbs on his back and descends down, cant be all there.
As for never having played US Football, it can be taken 2 ways, no bad habits to undo is a positive, needing a steeper learning curve is a negative
No one should underestimate what a monumental challenge your football department has, its as big as Gawains.
If Gawain doesnt think he can help your organization in any way, he will walk away. He is not a time waster.
I also dont believe your coaching department are silly enough to waste time on anyone they thought had no chance.
So he is strong enough, powerful enough, big enough, keen enough, mean enough.
Hopefully he'll be good enough
He was a national champion as a college Wrestler in 2000 and runner up in 1999.
I don't know what this means. Please translate.
Be honest, how many people Googled "Incarnate World" to see if it actually exists?
ps. This is is great story in the making. Can't believe I missed this thread the first time around.
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It shits me. Basically I'm jealous because he is so damn likeable. Its a good thing
Rory Dew at College of Incarnate Word. I had to check and I still didnt believe him till I got some free T Shirts
Its a new school, Div 2 ball. Had a great academic upside that Rory was after. He was red shirted first year, plays this season. He should also make the International Team. Rory has played the game for years in Australia
Back on Gawain. I know that gym lifts count for nothing, if they did, Blaine Sumner would be in the US playing in the NFL, not coming to Australia for a powerlifting meet. He is even stronger than Gawain and has played your game for years, was overlooked in the draft.
Football ability is where it starts and ends.
Off topic, was Sumner even close to getting picked up?
Do you guys even know who he is?
To me, this guys has intangibles written all over him. If he makes the depth chart, give him a scholarship, and wow. If not, he would be probably still be good to have around. Low risk situation.
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Welcome and thanks for stopping by and giving your . I am excited to see what Gawain might bring to the team, even if he is just able to make a few players around him better. With that being said, the second part is the overstatement of the century, hang around long enough to see Blanche post.
Do you watch Adam Ballinger play in Australia?
I dont sorry,but I'm not a huge follower of your game
The only guy I know about is the kicker who mocked his opponent and had a try disallowed, I cant even recall his name, but he got a lot of press......Brad Wing......I think
I'm not sure if any of you guys posting are players or will get the opportunity to meet Gawain, but those of you that do, will understand why I think he'll be an asset rather than a liability......whether he ever takes the field or not
Thanks for the insight. Regardless of whether Gawain makes the team and contributes or not, I am rooting for him.
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