I know a lot of you get a kick out of stories about strength and conditioning (if only as a basis from which to criticize what Georgia is or isn’t doing in that area), so here’s something about the changes Derek Mason is implementing in that department at Vanderbilt.
“That goes back to his (NFL experience),” Vanderbilt junior safety Jahmel McIntosh said. “In the NFL, those guys play so many games and they take so much physical abuse in every game. That goes back to the durability. So we’re more focused on maintaining our body so we will be able to play every game every weekend and have fewer injuries. This strength staff is more focused about flexibility, mobility and explosion. The (last) staff is concerned about power, and there’s nothing wrong with that. … It kind of balances out great.”
There is a certain logic to that. And you can’t quibble with the results they’ve gotten at Stanford, where Mason came from: “Stanford witnessed an 87 percent drop in games missed because of injuries among players on the two-deep chart in Turley’s first six seasons through 2012.”
As I possess zero expertise in this area, I’m certainly not one to judge… at least not until there are some on the field results to analyze. What say you?