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Our very own Steve Wiltfong provides an interesting look inside what players at IMG Academy do to shave seconds off of their 40 times and prepare for the NFL draft process. Worth your time:
Bjoern Werner, Eric Reid and Manti Te’o are among the many training with world-renown speed coach Loren Seagrave at the IMG Academy in preparation for the NFL Combine.
Good stuff, thanks Steve.
I'm curious as to how much it costs to send a guy here. And does the athlete's agent pay for it, or does the athlete?
That was a great read. I personally think it's ridiculous how much a 40 yard dash time can impact a players draft stock so much, but it's good to see players like Te'o and Eifert preparing so hard for their futures.
Awesome article, Mr. Wiltfong.
Anyone know if ND training will start to implement some of these training techniques for our athletes?
I would think it would be helpful particularly for track and field sprinters, etc.
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From what I have always heard and seen, the agent pays for just about everything prior to them signing a contract.
Agencies usually foot the cost. I don't know if deals are put in place for players to eventually pay that fee back or not. It probably depends on individual contracts.
Very cool read... I wonder how much of the technique they learn and practice at these training facilities helps them perform better on the field as well (as opposed to a straight-line 40, cone drill, etc).
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Great job with this Steve.
One of the greatest benefits, though, for the athletes, is there ability to graduate in December by piling up credits during the summer, including the summer before their freshman year at Notre Dame, which began in 2005. The luxury of being able to use what used to be second semester senior year for "preparing for your physical NFL interview" is extremely beneficial.
With IMG you can figure around $2500 a week which includes testing, training, meals and housing. A typical 6 weeks stay will run around $ 16K.
Agents usually pick up the tab.
There are other effective combine training centers around the country that will give you excellent training for a whole lot less. Velocity Sports Performance and D1 are two that come to mind.
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