With the announcement of the South Eastern Conference shifting to a 10-game conference only schedule beginning on Sept. 26, this provides every team and athlete an extra two months ahead of the season.
What happens between now and then is on them, but Alabama’s strength coaches have their own plans for what will go down over the next 60 days.
Currently picking up about 4% power improvement every week so we will certainly make good use of three extra weeks!🦾
— Matt Rhea, PhD (@MattRheaPhD) July 31, 2020
Rhea and fellow strength coach David Ballou have been leading the charge in advancing Alabama’s strength and speed since March and have done so by introducing a new approach to training.
Both Ballou and Rhea’s backgrounds in strength and conditioning have been aided with advanced data and tracking analytics. It has already proven to be a great use for the Crimson Tide as the improvement in strength and speed has been noticeable.
Rhea was able to find out last week that the current roster possesses 25 of the top 50 fastest speed profiles which contain numerous former Alabama players from the past decade. Players like Jaylen Waddle, Javon Baker and even Landon Dickerson have shown to be impressive in the offseason.
You all know Jaylen is fast, but in the first 20 yards, I have never ever EVER seen speed data like @D1__JW.
— Matt Rhea, PhD (@MattRheaPhD) July 25, 2020
I told him I’d do him a solid after he had the fastest speed of the day yesterday. WR @javondbaker7 pronounced JAY-von. And yes, he’s fast. ⚡️
— Matt Rhea, PhD (@MattRheaPhD) July 17, 2020
— Matt Rhea, PhD (@MattRheaPhD) July 29, 2020
With Rhea and Ballou in charge, Alabama will surely be physically prepared whenever and wherever the season begins.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77