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You’ve seen the helmet-popping hit and heard about Jadeveon Clowney's sub 4.5-second 40 time.
As the legend of Jadeveon Clowney grows close to epic proportions—he was named No. 1 on CBS Sports columnist Bruce Feldman’s annual college football “Freaks List”—one big question remains.
How did Clowney develop such incredible athleticism at just 20 years of age?
Feldman writes that Clowney was “a recipe for disaster” when he arrived at South Carolina as the nation’s No. 1 recruit, citing Gamecocks head strength and conditioning coach Joe Connolly.
“When he walked in the door he was a Ferrari engine in a Yugo,” Connolly said. “He was extremely explosive, but he needed to stabilize a lot of his joints to help keep him injury free.”
Entering his third season at South Carolina, Clowney has packed on nearly 40 pounds since his freshman year without sacrificing his elite speed and first-step quickness. (Clowney recorded a 4.58 second 40-Yard Dash last season when he weighed 258 pounds.)
“He’s faster at 275 (pounds) now,” Connolly says. “He’s even more explosive and powerful, which is frightening.”
Bigger and faster? What’s the secret?
Lucky for you, we teamed up with Connolly last year for some insight into the Gamecocks’ off-season training program. We came away with the eight-week workout program that transformed Clowney into the freakiest athlete in all of college football.
About the Workout Program
The goal of the program is to make you stronger and more powerful.
After eight weeks, you’ll be able to generate more force into the ground out of your stance, whether engaged with an opponent at the line of scrimmage or sprinting downfield as a receiver or defender.
Whether you’re a big guy on the line or a small guy playing in the backfield, you can add power and become more efficient at using your body weight. Another key on the football field is body awareness, and Olympic movements translate directly into improved coordination on the field.
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