Often this fall, Chris Daniels can be spotted exercising independently from his colleagues at MU football practices, taking part in some sort of conditioning or cardio workout.
Barry Odom quipped last Thursday that Daniels is on the exact same program as the Missouri head coach: “That’s weight loss.” It’s a regular, exhausting obstacle for linemen — keeping or reducing weight — however Missouri protective linemen have actually been specifically effective at it this offseason.
Defensive take on Jordan Elliott visibly lost 30 pounds after completion of the 2018 season. Junior Kobie Whiteside, who will inhabit the opposite of the line’s interior, has actually achieved a comparable accomplishment.
“Last season I got up to 320, 330 (pounds),” Whiteside stated. “Beginning of spring, I looked at my weight, I said, ‘Alright, my goal is to get to 305.’ Got to 305, then my goal was to get to 290. I’ve got my goal reached.”
Even in a Southeastern Conference well-known for enormous linemen and borderline-violent pass defense, the Tigers are focusing on much better health, ability and dexterity in their pass rush. The protective takes on are usually bigger than completion rushes, however Whiteside stated the training personnel worried the value of weight loss anyhow for him and Elliott.
It’s an effort that’s increasing friendship amongst the linemen after the position group lost Terry Beckner Jr., Walter Palmore and Nate Anderson at the end of the 2018 season.
“We just try to push each other,” junior protective end Chris Turner stated. “Even the D-tackles, we’ve got a couple who are sometimes coming out to D-end. We’re a unit.”
Elliott has actually usually blazed a trail on the dietary side of things, with a strategy that Whiteside called “insane.” But it motivated Whiteside’s own comparable technique, cutting pork and most red meats in exchange for more turkey, chicken and fish. After dedicating to the diet plan, it ended up being really not so crazy.
The partner of a football giant’s weight loss program stays crucial, though: Running.
“Coach cuts you,” Whiteside stated. “Coach cuts you. That summer training is no joke man, I’m not going to lie to you.”
The linemen chose to call the primary series of cardio activities a “Thor’s Hammer.”
It begins with “85s,” an 85-lawn drill that integrates a down-and-back shuttle bus run of 30 backyards followed by a 55-lawn straight shot. Finish that, then relocate to the surrounding area for the next job: a 60-lawn shuttle bus run, which is another 15 backyards down and back 4 times.
Then Part 3 to round it off is a more recent addition, “20-20s,” which needs that the linemen surface with 20 backyards down and back at a complete sprint.
So, why precisely is it called a Thor’s Hammer? Not too sure.
“Because when you see us run, and when you do it,” Whiteside stated, “you’re like, ‘Oof, there he goes, that’s a Thor’s Hammer.'”
Daniels, another defensive take on, is now participating in his own series of weight loss works out that have actually consisted of adding the bleacher stairs at Faurot Field with a weighted knapsack. Daniels is likewise on an accompanying diet plan, and he asked his colleagues to assist hold him to it. A joking sing-songy caution of “Don’t eat that snack” is prevalent in the MU Athletics snack bar.
Versatility — in this case, having the physique to play both the take on and end positions — is an objective amongst a number of the linemen. Junior Akial Byers has actually revealed he can doing both, transforming from take on to end this spring.
“He’s like a more athletic, slimmer D-tackle,” Turner stated. “He makes it look easy. You put him on that (offensive) tackle , he’s going to be too strong for that tackle. You put him inside, he’s going to be too quick for a guard.”
Turner and others pride the protective line this year on its depth — that is, as long as everybody can last through Thor’s Hammer.