A Team Effort
Dave McMahon -- What is the role of the associate and assistant strength and conditioning coaches?
Rex Bradberry -- Coach Van Halanger puts a program together and we all make sure it gets carried out. We all work together in practices. During the game we have extra responsibilities.
Keith Gray -- I do whatever Coach Van Halanger wants me to. He puts me in charge of certain drills and I make sure they are done right. During games I am one of the "get-back" guys.
DM -- How many are there in the Strength and Conditioning program in football?
RB -- There is Coach Van and 6 others.
DM -- Summer practices are all voluntarily... what percentage of the players have showed up this summer?
KG -- That information is not passed on, but we are very pleased on the turnout.
DM -- In your opinion which players really gets "it" and is always on top of his game when it comes to strength and conditioning?
RB -- There are several of them. Our guys come here to work. Some of the really good ones include: Quentin Moses, Tony Taylor, Thomas Brown and Nick Jones. These guys are here everyday and are always ready for a challenge.
KG -- A lot of them. I would say Joe Tereshinski III, Thomas Brown, Nick Jones and Kregg Lumpkin. There are more.
DM -- Is there a player, that struggled in the beginning, but gets it now and is one of the best?
KG -- In the past Dennis Roland was like that, he really came on strong at the end. On the current team, a good example is Paul Oliver. Something clicked in his head about a year and a half ago and you can really see it now and hopefully you will see on the field, too.
DM -- What is Coach Dave Van Halanger like?
RB -- He is a tremendous motivator. He is a pioneer to his profession. He is so respected. I worked for the Cincinnati Bengals for awhile and their conditioning coaches respect him a lot.
KG -- He is the nicest guy I have met. He loves making differences in people's lives, not just in football, but in their outside lives as well.
DM -- Rex, years ago you actually walked on to the football team, any good memories?
RB -- I remember holding football dummies for Champ Bailey.
DM -- Do you assist other sports, too?
RB -- I worked with the Men's Golf team.
KG -- Women's Tennis and Gymnastics.
DM -- In fact Keith, a few months ago you set up a challenge between the football team and the Gym Dogs in various skills, who won?
KG -- The Gym Dogs won. The girls expressed intrest in challenging the guys. I told them if they won the national championship I would set something up. They won it all, so I set it up. It was a good combination of skills involving strength, speed, hand-eye-coordination and a lot more.
DM -- What were some of the best matchups?
KG -- Thomas Brown vs Kelsey Ericksen was a good battle and so was Kenneth Harris vs Audrey Bowers.
DM -- Are there going to be more of these competitions?
KG -- All the players want to. We would like to do other sports as well. The hard part is finding times that several teams can do them.
DM -- Would you like to be a Head Strength and Conditioning Coach one day?
RB -- I would. First on the college level and then maybe in the pros.
KG -- As soon as possible. I would love helping out a college. I love college football, there is no better sport.
DM -- Thank you both for your time and good luck on your future, but for now I am glad that you are both here.
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