Let's finish up looking inside the FIU football winter strength and conditioning program. If you missed the first part then click on the link in the left hand column.
Freshman receiver Anthony Jones (No. 2, photo below) and freshman defensive lineman Fermin Silva, both from Miami Central High, immersed themselves in the weight room in their first college semester.
Jones added 15 pounds in three months to reach 200 pounds. Jones squatted 420 pounds and benched 315. Jones ran just a 4.8, 40 but that will get better.
"Jones has good moves, explosive strides," said FIU football strength coach Chad Smith. "He'll improve his 40 time but I'll tell you what he still has the ability to get away from defenders in open space. It's just that right now he can be caught 40, 50 yards downfield."
Smith added that the winter strength and conditioning program is for the Panthers to add size and strength. In the summer strength and conditioning program, which occurs about a month and a half before camp starts, Smith has the Panthers focus more on speed, explosiveness and conditioning.
Silva bulked up 29 pounds from 200 to 229 in the past three months. Silva squatted 520 pounds and benched 315.
"Silva and Jones have a great work ethic," Smith said. "Their high school must have done a great job instilling that in each of them because they both came to work as soon as they got on campus."
Freshman defensive back Tyree Johnson "shocked" Smith with his transformation in three months. Johnson went from 168 pounds to 181. Johnson squatted 410, benched 280 and jumped a 35-inch vertical.
"Tyree's body looked like a teenager when he got here," Smith said. "But three months later he could be confused for a senior. I was shocked at how well he took to the program. He picked up the technique and instructions right from the get go."
The defensive backs as a group performed well in the program. Sophomore Xavier Hines squatted 460, benched 310 and had a 33-inch vertical. Hines ran a 4.6, 40.
Defensive back Wilkenson Myrtil tacked on 12 pounds to 205. Myrtil increased his bench from 270 to 310, squat from 360 to 410 and had one of the top increases in the vertical jump going from 34 to 37.5. Myrtil had a 10.5-foot broad jump. Myrtil is one of the most athletic Panthers. His vertical jump and broad jump are both team-highs and would be right there with NFL combine numbers. Myrtil also increased his bench of 225 pounds from 5 reps to 11 reps.
You've read here how cornerback/safety Deonte Wilson has had a great spring defensively, well that started in the weight room. Wilson gained 10 pounds to 190. He benched 300, squatted 480, jumped a 35 vertical, 10.1 in the broad jump and benched 225 pounds, 10 times.
Richard Leonard added 17 pounds to weigh 180 pounds. For not being the biggest guy, Leonard squatted big. Leonard squatted 525 pounds, benched 325 and had a 34 vertical and 10 broad.
Leonard is still the fastest Panther clocking in at 4.3 in the 40. Following Leonard in the 40 are: receiver Dennis Turner 4.52, Jeremiah McKinnon 4.55, Hines, Myrtil and Wilson each at 4.57 and then running back Anthon Samuel at 4.59.
Receiver Juwan Caesar has all the physical tools to help FIU. Caesar has missed most of the spring with a hamstring injury, but he did fully participate in the off-season strength program. Caesar is FIU's strongest receiver with Shug Oyegunle right behind him. Caesar squatted 510 and benched 380. Caesar also benched 225 pounds, 22 times and had a 37.5 vertical. Oyegunle squatted 480 and benched 360 while running a 4.6, 40.
Some of the team highs from the off-season program:
Bench -- Imarjaye Albury (photo above) 465 pounds, Justin Sibole 420, Treyvon Williams 405.
Squat -- Jonnu Smith, Anthony Wint and Danny Nunez each at 560, Albury, Sibole and Jordan Budwig each at 530.
Vertical jump -- Myrtil and Caesar each at 37.5, Jonnu Smith and Oyegunle each at 37, Jordan Davis 36.5.
As you know as the smart football fan that you are, 10 yards are very important in football. These are the fastest Panthers when timed in the 10-yard dash:
Leonard 1.37, yes he runs 10 yards in just over one second. McKinnon 1.43, Alex Gardner 1.47, Samuel 1.50 and Rosado 1.52.