Football Prospect Believes In Scientific Approach

This big linemen succeeds with a combination of brains and brawn.

Ruston, La.--Although you don't normally hear high school or college football coaches use the word "physics" in everyday conversation, putting that science's principles to work is a major part of their job.

Thad Waters, a big defensive line prospect from Rushton High School, is interested in those principles on and off the football field.

On the field, he uses his brute force to overpower offensive linemen. With a 400-pound bench press and a leg press in excess of 600 pounds, he draws double teams and even triple teams from opponents.

Off the field, the honor student says that science is what appeals to him academically. "I am interested in majoring in physics in college," Waters says. "I am thinking about being a nuclear physicist."

His knowledge of physics also comes in very handy in his other sport. In track and field, the son of a professor at Louisiana Tech is an outstanding discus thrower with a personal best of 168 feet.

Waters attended a one-day football camp at Auburn this summer was one of the more impressive linemen at the event. "LSU, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss are the big names that I am looking at," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. He doesn't have any early scholarship offers yet from those schools, but is expected to get an opportunity to play college football following his senior season, which will be his third as a starter. "The best thing about my game now is my overwhelming power," he says. "This summer I am working on getting faster. I need to get faster."

Running on a wet track in Auburn, he ran a 5.2 in the 40, but his fastest time, a 4.81, is significantly better.

As a youngster, Waters says he followed the football fortunes of the Michigan Wolverines, but says defending national champ LSU has become his recent favorite. When asked if he would definitely go to LSU if he got an offer from the Bayou Bengals, he says, "Maybe. I haven't looked at their academics that closely to know and that is important to me."

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