On Friday, the Texas Longhorns ended the offseason conditioning program before reporting for preseason camp next week with max squats, prompting redshirt freshman tight end Max Cummins to share a note about his progress under strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight:
So the praise for McKnight’s work continues unabated, from head coach Tom Herman down to the players, who can most effectively convey their message to recruits.
The most impressive feat was apparently sophomore defensive end Marqez Bimage joining the 700 club:
The combination of strength and explosiveness possessed by Bimage makes him a player to watch this season after he played sparingly as a freshman.
Other players also shared their accomplishments on Twitter, including sophomore running back Daniel Young, sophomore tight end Cade Brewer, and junior safety Brandon Jones:
Since last summer till now I’ve had a 115 lb increase on my squat max while recovering from an ACL injury. @yjmcknight is the .— Cade Brewer (@CadeBrew10) July 27, 2018
435 To 515 On that squat today— Daniel (@Kidddvnn) July 27, 2018
100lb increase Squat max today! 600lbs! @yjmcknight is the— Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) July 27, 2018
At Big 12 Media Days last week, Herman shared some of the team’s progress since April.
“We have 60 members of our football team right now that can vertical jump over 30 inches, we have 42 players on our football team that can power clean over 300 pounds from the floor,” Herman said. “We have 34 guys that can squat over 500 pounds. We have three guys that actually can squat over 600 pounds.”
At the start of spring practice, the Longhorns had 46 players with vertical leaps over 30 inches, 40 players who could power clean over 300 pounds, and 33 players who can squat over 500 pounds.