A-Rob, Amos Shine in Testing

The juniors were among the many Penn State players who turned in strong showings during the summer pro-day style evaluations.

Penn State's 11th annual Lift for Life Challenge is set for 5 p.m. Friday at the lacrosse field on campus. The event pits the offense vs. the defense in a series of strength and conditioning challenges. All money raised goes to the fight against kidney cancer.

While this is the most high-profile workout of the off-season, the Nittany Lions did some other important training earlier this summer, when strength coach Craig Fitzgerald and his staff put them through pro-day style testing.

Here are some highlights from those tests.

• Difficult as it may be to believe, junior receiver Allen Robinson continues to get faster and more athletic. He improved his 40-yard dash time (handheld) from 4.5 to 4.47 seconds. Only Alex Kenney (a team-record 4.43) and Adrian Amos (4.45) have posted faster 40s under Fitzgerald at Penn State, and both did so in previous testing sessions. Robinson also improved his vertical from a team-best 37 inches to 38 inches and broad jumped a team-record 11 feet. Finally, he squatted 375 pounds and cleaned 275.

• Amos, a junior defensive back, turned heads, too. He ran a 4.52 40 and a 4.10 NFL shuttle while posting a 10-7 broad jump and 37-inch vertical. Amos tied running back Zack Zwinak for tops among the “Jets” -- QBs, RBs, WRs and DBs -- with a squat of 425. He benched 345, the best for a defensive back under Fitzgerald. Amos' strength index of 616 broke the previous record for a PSU DB of 608 (which he held).

• Tight ends Jesse James (255 pounds) and Matt Lehman (262) continued to show great athleticism for their respective sizes. James broad jumped 10-3 and had a 30-inch vert. Lehman broad jumped 10-1 and had a 30-inch vert. James' 4.77 40 was not quite up to the 4.6 he ran in the winter, but was a solid number just the same. James also benched 300 pounds, topping his personal best by 15 pounds.

• Converted tight end Garry Gilliam continued to impress as an offensive tackle. He missed most of the spring with a calf injury, but appears to be at full strength now. At 304 pounds, he ran a 5.05-second 40 and a 4.53 NFL shuttle. His vert was 31.5 inches and broad jump 9-2. Gilliam also squatted 465.

• Offensive linemen John Urschel and Donovan Smith each boosted the team record in the bench to 415 pounds. Urschel also set a record in squat, doing 505 pounds. Urschel turned a 5.25 40 at 311 pounds.

• Seven “Tanks” (OL and DL) ran sub 5.1-second 40s.

• Defensive end Brad Bars was the fastest Tank, running a 4.78 40 and 4.39 NFL shuttle.

• Overall, 25 Lions ran sub 4.8 40s, 23 ran sub 4.4 NFL shuttles, 23 had verts of 30 or better, 20 had broad jumps of 9-6 or better, 19 squatted 405 or more, 26 benched 315 or more and 27 cleaned 275 or more.

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