Rebs of Steel announced

Strength & Conditioning Coach Ruben Mendoza announced the names of 35 Rebel football players who earned the coveted title of Rebs of Steel for the 2004 season. Rebs of Steel distinction is based on achievement in the weight room and a formula that figures in body weight and lift numbers to determine who the "strongest" Rebels on the team are.

Rebs of Steel are among the elite athletes on the football team who are measured for bench press, clean and squat lifts in the weight room. For each position, there are minimums for each lift and a minimum total of the lifts. If a player reaches that minimum, he is included on Rebs of Steel.

"We take a lot of pride in making Rebs of Steel. It doesn't necessarily mean you are the best football player, but it's a sign of achievement, a work ethic and strength in the weight room," said Mendoza. "We set the standards high, but not unreachable to any player.

"We normally have about one-fifth of the total squad make it. We are a little higher than that this year – about one-fourth, so we feel good about this group. Thirty-five is a nice number, representative of what we are doing in the weight room. I'm very proud of those players. We did not allow newcomers to compete for Rebs of Steel this year because they already have so much on their plates getting acclimated to college football and college life, but I have been very impressed with what I have seen from them too."

The Rebs of Steel will get a theme picture taken for a poster for fans to collect and keep.

This year's Rebs of Steel are, in alphabetical order: C Tony Bonds, DT Daniel Booth, DT Michael Bozeman, DB Rob Cannon, WS Charles Clark, OG Thomas Eckers, WR Mike Espy, DT Jeremy Garrett, S Edwin Gelin, OT Bobby Harris, FB Anthony Hobgood, RB Brandon Jacobs, OG Marcus Johnson, LB Shawn Johnson, OG Broderick Jones, QB Robert Lane, LB Brian Lester, TE Lawrence Lilly, CB Trumaine McBride, FS Eric Oliver, TB Vashon Pearson, FB Rick Razzano, DT Connor Redfearn, S Thad Rhodes, TE Eric Rice, SS Kelvin Robinson, C Chris Spencer, QB Micheal Spurlock, OT Tre' Stallings, FB Lorenzo Townsend, TB Marvin Vaughan, S Keith White, DT Andrew Wicker, TB Dawan Woods.

The Rebs finished up their max testing this week with power cleans. Here are the top numbers on the team, based on body weight, age, position and the strength staff's discretion:

RB Alan Abrams (275 pounds), OG James Campbell (295), DB Rob Cannon (295), WS Charles Clark (275), DE Dedrick Clark (285), WR Bill Flowers (280), S Edwin Gelin (280), OT Bobby Harris (325), DT Chris Herring (285), FB Anthony Hobgood (320), FB Craig Holbomb (290), OL Terrance Houston (295), RB Brandon Jacobs (323), OG Marcus Johnson (315), CB Travis Johnson (275), LB Brian Lester (295), TE Lawrence Lilly (325), OG James McCoy (295), DE Jayme Mitchell (295), S Kareem Moore (290), FS Eric Oliver (315), TB Vashon Pearson (295), FB Rick Razzano (308), TE Eric Rice (295), SS Kelvin Robinson (300), OG Chris Spencer (325), OT Tre' Stallings (325), FB Lorzeno Townsend (303), TB Marvin Vaughan (300) and LB Patrick Willis (290).

"Once again, we held out some guys as a precaution and we did not let the newcomers max in the power clean. We also are not releasing all lifts for public consumption, but overall I have been pleased with the results of the different lifts from an individual and team-wide basis," Mendoza closed.

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