The Stock Report just met with Head Strength Coach Russell Patterson about the "Iron Man" competition that is set to get underway in about 30 minutes. Here is some of that interview...TSR- What is the "Iron Man" competition and why have it?Patterson-
Great question, the iron man competition is really a culmination of the spring semester for our players. Its purpose is really two fold, first it is a reward and second it is another chance for the players to compete.
Its a reward for our guys because since classes started in January they have put in about 13 weeks of difficult training throughout winter lifting, Mat Drills and Spring Practice. The iron man gives them a chance to let loose aside from football to see who is the toughest and strongest which is always fun for these guys.
The competition part of the contest both individual and team. Coach Stockstill is always telling the guys to compete in every aspect of their lives because he wants them to be the best at anything they do. When guys buy into that concept it will infect everything they do so we can get every ounce of potential out of them, on the field and off. This is just another way to provide a competitive environment away from football, that encourages leaders to emerge and guys to increase thier intensity.TSR- How is the iron man event organized?Patterson-
The seniors are the leaders and they hold a draft to choose their teams. This is fun for the guys because the teams will start a banter and it really gets the competitive juices flowing. Another great thing about the draft is that it combines guys that would not normally be working together or competing on the same team so to speak. Doing this helps build bonds on the team that don't develop when guys are compartmentalized on offense & defense.TSR- What are the events?Patterson-1)Farmer's Walk=
Each guy will carry a kettle bell in each arm for 100yds, the faster you get to the 100yd mark the better the score. Linemen will carry 90lbs in each hand while skill players carry 70lbs in each hand.2)Pole Flip=
Players will flip a section of a telephone poll as many times as possible in 45 seconds. The more flips the better your score.3)Prowler Push=
A small sled loaded with about 80lbs must be pushed for 70yds, the quicker the time the better the score.TSR- How is the scoring for events done?Patterson-
The best finisher in each event gets 100pts. Everyone else is assessed points by % based on how close they are to the best finisher. There is an individual champion and team championship. The individual champion is split into a Lineman, Combo and Skill position winner. The teams are scored on the best 5 people on each team.