Story on gopowercat.com. Just some mundane tidbits except for this little gem:
Sophomore free safety Tysyn Hartman and sophomore defensive end Brandon Harold didn't attend the Big 12 Media Days. Both were likely camped in the weight room, where the players seemingly have never appreciated change more.
"Even just simple things like bench press is good," Hartman told GoPowercat.com last week. "I mean, we weren't doing a simple bench press before. (Under Ron Prince) we were doing a dumbbell bench press. Guys, they want to bench press. That's a guy's favorite lift. Anywhere you go in the country, even if you talk to regular guys that go and lift at the rec center, the first thing anybody asks is, 'How much do you bench?'
"That's something guys got excited about when we brought that back in."
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Harold, a freshman All-American last season, said, "Last year we didn't do any of it, so we're just getting back into it."
"I trusted what the coaches told us and really didn't think too much about it and just did what they were asking," he continued. "I'm excited to have it back. I'm starting to feel a lot stronger."
Harold reported that junior Xzavier Stewart, a 6-foot-1, 305-pound defensive tackle, recently bench-pressed 515 pounds -- and it wasn't even a "max-out" day. Harold said he only bench-pressed 355 pounds because he was drained from a previous workout and "stopped because it was a little stressful."
"Xzavier is one guy that works out on his own, so he's always benching," Harold said. "We've got a lot of guys that have put up 450 and up. It's a lot better. I'm not even sure about specific numbers (of players that bench-pressed) 400, but I know a bunch of guys, way more than half (on the defensive line) did that. It's looking good. Everything is going in a positive direction."