Mullen and some players had pressers yesterday; some thoughts from the players on the offseason S&C deal..
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Feleipe Franks has noticed quite a change in everything they are doing in the offseason.
“It’s definitely a lot different,” Franks said. “I loved the last coaching staff, but Coach Savage is a bit more… strenuous. It’s just different and at the same time, Coach Savage is a really good strength coach. He’s whipping us into shape real quick. You can already see the results. We did tests in the beginning when he first got here and then about a week ago, right before spring break we did another test and how our bodies have already changed, how much weight we’ve gained, and how much body fat we’ve lost and the amount of muscle and stuff like that.”
“I think I went form 12% body fat to 10% body fat and then I stayed about the same weight, around 235.”
Junior receiver Josh Hammond followed Franks to the stage and followed him in his thoughts on Savage and the new strength program.
"I personally have gained like 7 pounds since I've been working out and I lost like 3 percent body fat as well,” Hammond said/ “Coach Savage, he knows what he's doing. Seeing the results has allowed guys to know what we're doing is for a reason and it's allowed guys to continue to buy in and even get some of the younger guys who don't really know what's going on yet to telling them to keep doing it and you'll see the improvement… and they'll know what they're getting themselves into and be prepared for it as well."
Junior safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson had it hit him like a brick wall when Savage put them to work in early January.
“I remember the first day we went in we ran around campus. We were like, ‘wait, what?’ We thought we were just going to be running just to be running,” he said. “Once we started, it was more like, more we went we were straining. It’s probably the best program I’ve been in since I started lifting weights when I was a kid. I didn’t expect it. It’s pushing my body. The stuff we’re doing, I feel like we’re going to get better and better.
“A lot of guys have got way bigger, stronger. You can see improvements in numbers weight-wise. You can tell Coach Savage and his crew, they know what they are doing. I respect them. It’s really their team. Everything flows through them. Once we go in that weight room, it’s all lit. Everybody is ready to work. It’s not like last year when everybody was like, ‘alright, we got to get this done.’ We’ve got this. We’re going in something news. It’s the same thing but Coach Savage gives us a new model every day."
Gardner-Johnson has had a few personal changes in this two month period.
"Weight, speed, change of direction, he said of personal improvements. “You name it. It’s really everything beginning to improve. It’s not just one thing. Last year, you look at all of us. We were stiff, really stiff. Now we’ve got a flexible team. Everybody (will) probably be doing some backflips. It’s crazy but you guys will see it once everything gets going."
Hammond believes that this staff with Savage in charge for the first three months really hit the ground running and has left such a different impression than the last group of guys in charge.
“Just from the testing that we did from the beginning, from when the coaching staff first got here to now, you can see a big improvement within the whole team,” Hammond said when comparing. “Everybody has gotten a lot bigger, a lot faster and a lot stronger. I think Coach Savage has done a great job getting guys going. Some days guys just don't feel like doing it but juice and the energy he brings forces you to have no choice but to get going and pushes yourself to limits that you haven't been able to. So I think that’s been a huge difference for us, having a lot of guys just going, going, going no matter what.”