Running back James Aldridge has heard the questions about his knee far too often.
"I've forgotten about it," said Aldridge when asked about his knee. "That's so far behind me right now. I don't even think about it. I have no problems at all with it. I've worked really hard to get ready for my season. It's not a problem at all."
As a junior, Aldridge exploded on the scene with 2,067 yards and 20 touchdowns. Despite his injury, college coaches from across the country came calling before the senior-to-be ultimately chose Notre Dame.
"I just want to have another solid season," said Aldridge when asked his goals for his senior season. "I want to help my team get to the state championship.
"I know for a fact that our team is better than we were last year. State is our priority. I have a bigger offensive line returning. We should be pretty good. I think I will have another good season. People want to talk about me attending Notre Dame, but I've still got my senior season to play, and I've worked hard to have a good one."
Aldridge says he's made a big sacrifice to get his body ready for his senior season. We all know about his running of the dunes, but Aldridge says he's working out every day to get ready.
"I work out at least five days a week," he said. "I have a set schedule pretty much. I usually work out in the morning, and then I might go to the dunes at night and run there to strengthen my knee. I feel great right now. I'm in the best shape of my life."
Aldridge says he's also taken another responsibility very serious--trying to convince others to join him at Notre Dame.
"I try to make a phone call a night if I can," Aldridge said of his recruiting. "I'm hoping Bartley (Webb) finally pulls the trigger. I've been working on Steve (Brown) and (Jason) Kates. I try and hit someone up every day. I think some of them are starting to see what I saw. It looks like we'll have a great recruiting class."
So what does Aldridge do when he works out? James was nice enough to send us his workout.
"I feel that by me running sand dunes as often as i do is kind of like training at high altitudes but competeing at sea level," Aldridge said. "I know for a fact that a lot of high school kids try to do something on the side to make them a special player, but I don't think anyone trains like I do.
On Mon. and Wed. I start off with bench press then dumbell military press.3 sets on mililtary: 80,85,90
Power cleans: 135x8,185x6,220x5,225x5,245x4
Hang cleans, same reps -15
Power snatch: 135x5, 185x4,185x4,205x3
Hang snatch, same reps -10
Biceps, triceps, lats, etc. after workout, sand dunes and weighted sit-ups.
On Tues. and Thur. I start off with squats, 5 sets with 275x15, weight can change.
Lunges while carrying 120lbs: 4 sets, 20 reps
Step ups with same weight for 3 sets of 20 reps
Calf raises: 375x10 for 3 sets
Leg curls: 150, 3 sets of 10 reps
Resistance training with either a bungie chord or a parachute later on in the day.
Friday: resistance training with either a bungie chord or a parachute or sand dunes.