“There are wider behinds in there [on other SEC teams] and that’s a fact.”

Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M’s strength and conditioning coaches took steps in the offseason to close the ass gap.  Science, for the win:

This season, the coaches dove further into sports science data, tracking several aspects of players’ wellbeing. There’s an entire staff dedicated to the sports science, nutrition and all aspects of player development that works separate from the strength staff. One of those members, Texas A&M assistant athletic director for sport science Howard Gray, meets with Jackson at 5 a.m. daily to give him a rundown on where the team stands, and Jackson makes adjustments to his plan from there.

The biggest change in training, Jackson says, is the amount of running. Sumlin wanted his team to retain more muscle mass and be stronger against the SEC teams it faced. Jackson adjusted because “it’s hard to make that lean [muscle] mass grow if you’re forced to run a lot more.” Jackson said he focuses in-season on strength rather than conditioning.

“The big difference is the running is backed off on because we do it in practice now,” Jackson said. “Practice tempo is up, so I don’t have to do it as much whenever we’re not practicing.”

In the SEC, you can never have enough support staff.


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9 responses to ““There are wider behinds in there [on other SEC teams] and that’s a fact.”

  1. Colonial Forbes

    I wish Emerson or someone else would do an indepth story on the new strength conditioning staff, their philosophy, what they have changed, and nutrition.

    • Will (The Other One)

      We’ve gotten a bit about different approaches based on players, but yeah, I’d still love to hear a bit more. Particularly if there’s a nutritional science aspect (I’ve found in my 30s just how much “eating right” impacts workouts. Plus that Taco Bell is a horrible post-workout meal.)

      • Snoop Dawgy Dawg

        Don’t you speak ill of Taco Bell. I can forgive a slight to my sister, a sideways glance at my wife, but I’ll not stand for insults towards taco bell. harumph.

  2. Hardcoredawg 93

    “Look at the size of that ass. My God, a freshman!”

    • down island way

      Thought this was about the dumpster @ vol land…..increased seating, didn’t enlarge stadium=smaller seating area….that didn’t flow with the wideness of those Vols in cover alls……..GO DAWGS!

    • Uglydawg

      Do the Kardashians have any eligibility left?

  3. W Cobb Dawg

    You can read more on this in Gigantic Asses magazine. Just ask Apu at the Quickie Mart for the latest edition.

  4. Austen

    In other news I heard that defensive backs are most effective when they see the football and get their hands up to affect the path of said football – or even to catch it. Let’s hope the UGA DBs study up on that tidbit.