Inside the Weight Room with the O-Line

The offensive line is a unit that needs to be improved in order for the UM offense to succeed in 2007.

Andrew Bain has been one of the top performers in the weight room since he arrived on campus in 2003. This year is no different as he enters his senior season.

Bain had the top squat lift at 625 pounds, the next highest was 550.

He also led the team on the bench press with 445 pounds. His power clean is 300.

Bain needs to put together a strong senior campaign and be a strength on the offensive line this season. He was the 14th-ranked offensive line prospect in the country by Scout.com coming out of Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, but has yet to put together a strong season.

Last year Bain graded out at 73 percent, lowest amongst UM starting linemen.

"He's been in a lot of wars and a lot of games and has a lot of experience," strength coach Andreu Swasey said. "He's a very strong massive kid. There is no reason he shouldn't have a pretty good year."

STRENGTH NUMBERS

Cyrim Wimbs had the second highest squat at 525 pounds amongst offensive lineman. He was tied for fifth overall.

A.J. Trump lifted 375 pounds on the bench press, second amongst linemem behind Bain and tied for the third-highest on the team.

LOSING WEIGHT

Chris Rutledge is down to 305 pounds after weighing 336 during the season. Rutledge was one of the surprises during spring practices after making the transition to guard from tackle.

Joel Figueroa also lost substantial weight going from 335 pounds down to 311. The weight loss should allow Figueroa to be more efficient on the field this fall.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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