For the big men, it's all about power

Working to make their summer drills as position-specific as possible, Tide linemen emphasize power and acceleration more than top-end speed. <br><br>While the skill players engage in over-speed training with bungee cords inside the Crisp Facility, Bama's Big Uglies are dragging weighted sleds on the practice fields.

Starting quick tackle Wesley Britt pulls the sled. On Mondays while the "stand up" (linebackers and tight ends) and "skill" players (DBs, running backs, wide receivers & QBs) do overspeed drills indoors, the linemen are sweating in the sun developing power.

Senior defensive tackle Atlas Herrion starts off as Anthony Bryant prepares to follow. Both linemen are outstanding weight lifters. Bryant holds the position records for the incline bench press and squat, while Herrion was awarded the Iron Man Trophy as the strongest pound-for-pound "big" lineman on the team.

Reserve guard Danny Martz explodes into his sprint. It's all about power for linemen. Mimicing their normal effort after the snap in a football game, the big men only pull the weight for a distance of 20 yards.

Recently converted from the offensive of the ball, defensive tackle Bart Raulston strains forward against the weight. Behind and to his right, sophomore defensive end Gerard Clark raises up on his toes as he prepares to start. The weighted sled forces the athlete to work against resistance, strengthening the leg muscles--especially the quads.

Redshirt freshman guard Mark Sanders drags the weight forward. The athletes report that it feels like someone has hold of your belt, pulling you back. But since the sleds themselves aren't all that heavy, there is no chance of back strain.

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