Illini Power: Players Getting Bigger, Stronger, Faster
Feb. 21, 2008
The Fighting Illini football team is making up for "lost time" in the weight room. While certainly no one would trade away last month's Rose Bowl appearance, it did mean that the gridders spent less time in the weight room during December of 2007 than they did the previous year.
The Illinois squad has hit the weight room and the indoor facility with a vengeance, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Lou Hernandez couldn't be more pleased with the results thus far. Freshman Ian Thomas, he says, is the team's strongest player, pound for pound, at this juncture. Guys like David Lindquist and Brandon Jordan are throwing around some serious weight. And with the senior class having departed, new leaders are emerging during this phase of training, players such as Lindquist, Xavier Fulton, Ryan McDonald, Derek Walker, Vontae Davis, Brit Miller and Juice Williams.