March 14th, 2013 at 6:52 PM ^

Yeah, but what is impressive to a random guy and what is impressive to pro scouts is very different. 

I looked up the combine, and there were 7 safeties who put up 16 or fewer reps, so he wouldn't be at the end of the group, but I also wouldn't say his number would be "impressive" because the top safeties did 27-28 reps, which is a big difference.

Blue in Yarmouth

March 15th, 2013 at 10:47 AM ^

That can't possibly be true. I'm almost 40 years old now and I am 6 foot tall and 190 lbs. I have not worked out since I left playing hockey competitively almost twenty years ago (and I'm not exaggerating at all, not even once). I went to eh gym less than a month ago for the first time since then with my brother in law (after he pestered me for days) and I benched 150 eight times. I know that isn't terribly impressive for a guy who weighs 190, but given that I haven't lifted in almost 20 years I thought it was ok.

My point is I would now consider myself an "average" male and benched 150 8 times (actually I would consider myself a below average male where fitness is concerned), and yet you say an average male can only lift 135 once....I think I need a link to that information before I would believe that. I was lifting far more than that when I was 15 but I was an athlete back then too. 


March 14th, 2013 at 6:29 PM ^

I wouldn't say I work out a lot, but I work out regularly.  I've never attempted to do more than 12 reps at 225, but I've been able to do that in consecutive sets, so I'm sure I can bang out a couple more.  That said, I've never been in a college S&C program nor have I had NFL aspirations, so my work outs aren't exactly world-class. 

This was not meant to sound braggy at all, but at my gym there are lots of guys who rep with 2 plates on each side, many who do more, and I'm sure most of them were not NFL draft picks.  I also know guys who play football at the local community college and those guys put up a lot more weight than I do on the bench.  They could probably all do 16 reps on the incline at 225. 

This is much less based on my own abilities as it is on guys I know who I consider "very strong" and I'd have to bet that NFL safety prosepcts are very strong, for the most part. 


March 14th, 2013 at 7:02 PM ^

OK, I think people are confusing my point.  I wasn't trying to say that Kovacs isn't a strong guy.  The question asked was "How would Kovacs's bench stack up against the guys at the combine?" and my response was "probably not that high."  I didn't say he'd finish last (that was actually Zeke Motta who only managed 11 reps), just that he wouldn't be all that high, and after looking it up, I was right. 

My point was that Kovacs is only slightly stronger than I am (and just as strong as you are) and I would guess I'd look like a girl bench pressing next to most NFL safety draft picks.  

Perkis-Size Me

March 14th, 2013 at 3:58 PM ^

Got to say, I'm pretty impressed with Campbell's numbers. Only wish that he got a redshirt his freshman year, or that he didn't wait too long to get serious. He's come a long way from where he was two years ago, but I think he could have taken another big leap with another year under Mattison's watch.

What could have been. Oh well.....