Football S&C: Achievement Levels

<i>Inside Carolina</i> reveals the levels achieved by Tar Heel Football players in the off-season, beginning with Iron Ram.

When off-season football strength and conditioning heads into spring practice, the Tar Heel football players are tested in twelve specific strength and conditioning categories.

Each position group -- offensive linemen, defensive linemen, defensive combo athletes (linebackers), offensive combo athletes (tight ends and fullbacks), defensive secondary, and offensive skill players (quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers) are given specific levels of performance in each of the the twelve tests on a point system.

When the points are tallied, there are three levels of achievement that can be reached by the UNC football players -- Super Ram, Elite Ram, and Iron Ram. Super Ram is the highest level of achievement.

In addition, a new level of achievement - The Strength Honor Roll - has been instituted this year to recognize achievement in the four lifts on the test. These four lifts are the power clean, bench press, squat, and split jerk. Players are graded, again according to standards established for their position group, from A to F.

Beginning this week, Inside Carolina will release the results in each level, beginning with those UNC football players who achieve the Iron Ram achievement level.

Iron Rams:

Jermicus Banks, DE
Steven Bell, OL
Ronald Brewer, DB
Darryl Grant, DT
Kevin Knight, DB
Harry Lewis, WR
Jacque Lewis, RB
John Lafferty, P
Bryant Macklin, DB
Willie McNeil, OL
David Nance, WR
Dokun Olagoke, RB
Jupiter Wilson, OL


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