Colleague Bruce Feldman has compiled his annual 'Freaks' list, which looks at college football's top workout warriors. These are guys who put up silly numbers in the weight room or make your jaw drop when they run the 40. Each Big Ten team has a player or two who fits the description, but only one Big Ten standout made this year's list. The scary thing? He's just a true sophomore.
Ohio State defensive lineman John Simon appeared in 12 games last season as a true freshman, recording four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. But some of his most impressive work has been done in the weight room. Simon appears at No. 8 on Feldman's list of Freaks.
The book on this guy, only in his second year in the program, is really something. Simon's work ethic and motor have been wowing the staff from the moment he arrived at OSU. The pace he sets in the weight room is insane, we're told; what it takes most players two hours to do, he'll do in 30 minutes. He can already do 40 reps at 225 and has run an electronic 4.8 in the 40. "He's the only D-lineman we have with a six-pack," reports a staffer.
I'll have more on Simon's workout regimen Friday, so be sure and check it out.