A few short years ago, nobody could have imagined Penn State's Curtis Cothran being in the position he was in at the team's Life for Life Challenge back in July.
Cothran, who arrived in Happy Valley as a 235-pound defensive end, was standing eye to eye with a 300-plus pound offensive linemen. Both were holding hundreds of pounds of weight in each hand, with the goal of hanging on longer than the other.
The O-lineman, burly redshirt freshman Ryan Bates, eventually began to shake. Cothran — still wearing sunglasses — smiled. Bates shook more. Cothran smiled more. Everyone could see where this was going.
Bates eventually dropped the weights, meaning Cothran had won. But rather than dropping his barbells, Cothran smiled even more and began marching around before slamming them down. The rest of the team went nuts.
Now a redshirt junior, Cothran made the full-time move to defensive tackle in the offseason. He now carries 280 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame and is fighting for playing time a the one-technique spot.
We caught up with him recently to talk about his transition and more. Get to know Cothran in the video above.
BTW, you can seen the "farmer's carry" showdown between Cothran and Bates at the 1:05 mark of the video below.