SHORT REPORT: Bench Marks

A quick look at the Nittany Lions who excelled on the bench press at the team's recent Pro Day. You might be surprised at who finished in the top six.

Earlier this week, Penn State held a Pro Day for current players. Though the session was not open to the media, we continue to gather information from the event.

Previously we reported on some interesting 40-yard dash times. Now we're here to report on the top performers at the bench press station.

The station tests how many times a player can bench press 225 pounds. Here are the players with the most reps for the recent run-through:

6. Sean Lee (LB): 25 reps
4. Josh Hull (LB): 28 reps (tie)
4. Chris Colasanti (LB): 28 reps (tie)
2. Lou Eliades (OL): 31 reps (tie)
2. Jerome Hayes (DE): 31 reps (tie)
1. Johnnie Troutman (OL): 35 reps

"This is a good taste for [the players] to have for what the real Pro Day event is like," one observer explained. Every year, Penn State holds a Pro Day for players hoping to enter the NFL Draft, and that session is attended by NFL scouts, coaches and general managers. It will take place March 18 this year.

Beside giving the current Lions a preview of what they might be going through in the future, the earlier Pro Day is also a good way to gauge their progress in the program.

"A lot of guys have really hit things hard with the plates and it's awesome to see two guys like Sean [Lee] and Jerome [Hayes] doing so well coming off of the [knee] injuries that sidelined them last season," an observer said.

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