Tonight (Nov. 30) at 7:00 p.m. EST, STACK will host a live chat on the Gatorade Performance Center with Eric Lichter, director of football performance for the Ohio State Buckeyes. If you’re not familiar with his work, allow us to bring you up to speed: two of his most-prized products—QB Troy Smith and WR/return specialist Ted Ginn Jr.—were pretty much all the San Francisco 49ers needed to clip the Arizona Cardinals in this week's Monday Night Football action.
What made it especially, well, special, was the re-emergence of Smith and Ginn. They were teammates at Glenville High School in Cleveland and at Ohio State, but the two struggled to make an impact early in their NFL careers. With Ginn arriving in the Bay Area by way of Miami and Smith joining the 'Niners just a few weeks back, they are enjoying success again after being reunited as teammates.
Against the Cards, Smith showed the same proficiency that won him the Heisman Trophy in 2006, while Ginn exhibited explosive bursts in the return game, running back kickoffs for 41 and 49 yards, and a punt for 42 yards.
Building explosiveness is a staple of Lichter’s program. It's also a phase of Ginn’s game that he has tirelessly worked to improve ever since he was in high school, training under the tutelage of Lichter and Tim Robertson, co-owners of Speed Strength Systems in Cleveland.
Lichter says, “An explosive athlete is how fast he can react or how quickly he can stimulate his central nervous system.”
You can hit the hole and explode into the open field for big gains just like Ginn. How? By performing Build-Ups to get your muscles ramped up and prepared to fire, followed up by a Starts Progression that works your ability to react and explode into a sprint.