Video surfaced Wednesday of Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth doing 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which is an impressive number by any standard, and probably would rank high among all FBS coaches, were they all required to do this. (Sadly, they are not.)
He also put many players at the NFL Combine -- kids half the 44-year-old's age -- to shame. His 25 reps would have placed him in the top 60 among all participants. He finished with only two fewer reps than No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Eric Fisher and bested the likes of Tyler Eifert and Ziggy Ansah, both of them first-rounders, both of them large, young gentlemen.
He more than doubled the reps of 30 players, including Corey Fuller (12 reps), Stedman Bailey (11), Tavarres King (11), Da'Rick Rogers (10), Greg Reid (10), Quinton Patton (8) and Ace Sanders (7). Oh, and former Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu, who managed just four reps. Hudspeth is stronger than all receivers and defensive backs, basically.
Are there other college coaches who could get to 25 reps at 225? Charlie Strong probably could. He has strong right there in his name. Larry Fedora would hit 40 in a Red Bull-fueled frenzy, his heart exploding in a brilliant flash of sugary confetti at the conclusion. That happens every Wednesday, actually. Recruits love that stuff.
Which other head coaches do you think could match or come close to Hudspeth?