Alshon Jeffery Growing by Leaps and Bounds
Alshon Jeffery has emerged as one of the most explosive and dynamic players in all of college football. Jeffery was runner-up for last season’s Biletnikoff Award, awarded to the best college wide receiver. As a sophomore, Jeffery caught 88 passes for over 1,500 yards and nine touchdowns, and had some huge games against top competition such as Auburn and Alabama. His most impressive statistic however may be in his yards per reception, which is a staggering 17.2. At 6’4, 233 lbs., Jeffrey may be one of the top picyks in next years 2012 NFL Draft.
Jeffrey wasn’t always that physical specimen, whom many now consider the next Calvin Johnson. In high school, he was relatively weak and lanky for someone with vast playmaking ability. “In high school, I didn’t even lift weights,” Jeffery said in an interview with The State. “I came in and I couldn’t even bench press 145 or 150. Now I’m up to about 250 or so.” Since his freshman season, Jeffery gained an inch in height and 20 pounds of solid muscle.
He said strength coach Craig Fitzgerald has given him a program he has been committed to, and he can see the difference on the field. “I’m faster and stronger,” Jeffery said. “It pays off for everybody. We are out here running and lifting weights all summer.”
"He surprised me in the weight room with how much he is benching and how much he squatted,” receiver Jason Barnes said. “You can tell it’s all coming together for him. I can’t wait to see what he does on the field.”
With Jeffery making the catches, Marcus Lattimore making the runs, and top recruit Jadeveon Clowney making the tackles, the South Carolina Gamecocks sure have top 10 potential this upcoming season.
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