An update from ESPNs Bruce Feldman's article about the 10 strongest college football players. This topic was discussed on here in late April. Here's another perspective with slightly different criteria. MM just posted this to his FB account. On a slow Mgoblog day:
Mike Martin Strong(est)
He's going up against ND's Braxston Cave (honorable mention) week two.
Strongest One There Is!
The Wisconsin player mentioned second is pretty impressive starting as a true freshman on their Oline. And then he redshirted, which is kinda odd, but his numbers seem like they may trump Martin, but he's probably a good deal slower.
and he's 40lbs heavier.
that said - I don't wanna meet any of these guys in an alley or between the hashes. Damn they're huge
Mike Martin opposite Wisconsin (OL) Travis Frederick and Notre Dames (C) Braxston Cave…Gives us a side story to follow during both games. Great stuff!
My bad, No Wisconsin : (
downtown a few days ago, he is massive.
Is Braxton Cave DameFan1?
MM at number 1 is no surprise, but after looking through that list and watching the video of Trent Richardson, i think he should be number 2. Pound for pound, probably the strongest in the nation, and he runs a 4.4, the guys a freak of nature.
We could have a mean DL this year! Martin, Roh, Van Bergen, Will Campbell!
So I liked this article and I have no problems with the rankings in relative terms, but the quoted bench and squat maxes for some of these players are insane to the point of overt dishonesty.
For example, John Simon is an awesome player. He's also awesomely strong and definitely one of the top ten strongest current college football players; don't think I'm picking on him because he plays for our rivals. But a speculated bench press of 600 pounds at around 21 years of age and 270 pounds? I don't think so. Scot Mendelson, who has the highest raw bench of any human ever, benches 713 pounds at 320 lbs, and he doesn't have to make sacrifices for speed or agility. The world record for raw bench in the 270 weight class is 661, and that's held by Laslo Meszaros, who was probably heavily supplemented with a steroid circuit because of the time he lifted in and his presence behind the iron curtain.
Mike Martin's 500 pound bench at 300 pound bodyweight is insane enough, but the other values make me wonder if that's true.
Unless the numbers are shirted bench numbers (and they shouldn't be; benching with a stress shirt shouldn't be part of a functional weight training regimen) these are really inflated values.
He's also fierce(st)
if you scroll to the bottom of this there is a link to Tony Mandarich's workout routine so you can see why he was the strongest O-lineman ever.....
Was that the all juice diet?