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Bobcats Finish Winter Workouts

Bobcats Finish Winter Workouts

March 21, 2007

ATHENS, Ohio - For the second straight year, the Bobcats had at least 35 players earn one of five different weightlifting honors during their recently completed winter training period.

Junior fullback Jayson White (Erie, Pa.) was honored with the title of Super Iron Bobcat for the second straight year. Since the current system's implementation in 2001 by Director of Strength & Conditioning Sonny Sano, the only other players to win the award are Chad Brinker, Austen Everson, Ray Huston and Brad Young. The award, the highest honor an Ohio player can earn in the weight room, is based on maximum efforts on four lifts - the bench press, the squat, the power clean and the jerk.

Senior running back Kalvin McRae (Decaturd, Ga.), sophomore quarterback Josh Febus (Dublin, Ohio) and senior linebacker Taj Henley (Richmond, Va.) earned special recognition as Iron Bobcats.

The rest of the awards included nine Bobcat Award winners, 11 Green Award winners and 11 White Award winners.

In additon to the honors, 11 positional records fell this past winter. White now holds the fullback record in both the back squat (556) and the power clean (360). His power clean effort is also the record for any Bobcat tight end, fullback or linebacker, also known as the combo group. Senior defensive lineman Alan Goff (Escondido, Calif.) broke both the defensive lineman and all lineman vertical jump record, hitting the 33.5-inch mark. In his first winter conditioning period with the Bobcats, junior linebacker Errik Ejike (Tyler, Texas) set both the linebacker and combo group vertical jump record with a leap of 37.5 inches.

The Bobcats will put their strength to the test when the team begins spring practice on Monday, March 26. The annual Green & White game will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Positional Records Tied or Broken in 2007

Jayson WhiteCombo*Power Clean360
FullbackBack Squat556
Alan GoffLinemen!Vertical Jump33.5"
Errik EjikeCombo*Vertical Jump37.5"
Josh LeuckOff. LineJerk362
Josh AbramsRunning BacksVertical Jump38"
Chris GarrettReceiversBack Squat470
Taj HenleyLinebackersBench Press406
Brad BowerQuarterbacksBench Press330#
Josh FebusQuarterbacksBench Press330#

*includes fullbacks, tight ends and linebackers
!includes both offensive and defensive linemen
#tied existing record

2007 Winter Conditioning Award Winners
Super Iron Bobcat
Jayson White

Iron Bobcat
Josh Febus
Taj Henley
Kalvin McRae

Josh Abrams
Dathan Ferrainolo
Chris Garrett
Alan Goff
Michael Mitchell
Gary Schussler
Joel Scipio
Brett Sykes
Aaron Walser

Shannon Ballard
Jason Brand
David Carter
Joshua Lasure
Idris Lawrence
Josh Leuck
Jordan Meyers
Mark Parson
Chris Rodgers
David Shelby

Ian Elmore
Donovan Fletcher
Shawn Fosnaugh
Stafford Gatling
Jameson Hartke
Brett Hines
Steven Jackson
Terrence McCrae
Robert Mercer
Chido Nwokocha
Brady Pisano

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