Thursday, June 24, 2010
ACC's workout freaks
By ESPN.com staff
It's here, Bruce Feldman's highly anticipated annual list of the nation's biggest and best workout warriors, and the ACC had two players make the cut -- including the top dog, UNC linebacker Bruce Carter.
Carter was ranked No. 1 on Feldman's list and Miami defensive end Allen Bailey came in at No. 3.
Here's what Feldman wrote on Carter:
This defense is overflowing with freaks (Mel Kiper thinks so too), but it's Carter -- a three-year starter at OLB who has led the nation with five blocked kicks -- who merits top freak status this year. He's part of the country's fastest linebacking corps. Carter's workout numbers are every bit as impressive as his football stats. He has set UNC linebacker records in the power clear (374) and the vertical jump (40.5 inches). The 238-pounder has also been clocked at 4.39 in the 40 and bench-presses 440. Asked which of the testing numbers he's most proud of, Carter says it's his power clean, which is tied for tops on the team with DE Robert Quinn and Zach Pianalto. "It measures the explosiveness the most," said the former high school quarterback. Perhaps the biggest freak quality of all about Carter goes back to this: We got to talking about his eating habits when I interviewed him.
"How strict are you about diet?" I asked.
"Well, not very. I eat a lot of McDonald's and fast foods, but I do work out real hard."
"Like how much McDonald's?"
"Almost every day. I usually get three double cheeseburgers, medium fries, large tea and a six-piece McNuggets. I don't think eating healthy as far as eating salads and that stuff really works for me."
Apparently that McFeast does, though.
As for Bailey? Well, just ask his buddy DeMarcus VanDyke. Here's what VanDyke told Feldman:
"I've been his roommate for three years. Our freshman year, he picked me up by my feet with one hand and hung me upside down," said VanDyke, who added that he's also witnessed Bailey power-clean 400 pounds, vertical 39 inches and run a 4.65 40.