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August 2, 2012Kansas players were up bright and early at 5:00 am Thursday morning to conduct their final offseason conditioning test. The players ran two 300 yard shuttles and their times were averaged together. Defensive coordinator Dave Campo wouldn't go into specifics pertaining to how many players passed the test, but said he was pleased with the overall results.
"I think this football team is in shape," Campo said. "That's all you can ask for at this point right now."
Senior Toben Opurum felt that the biggest difference between this offseason and the previous ones was that strength coach Scott Holsopple took more measurements to track the players progress. Opurum dropped his body fat from 14% to 10% while still maintaining his body weight of 250 pounds.
"We focused on different parts of the body that we haven't done before," Opurum said. "We made sure to measure everything we did so you could see yourself improving. The fact that we recorded all of our numbers really showed that [Holsopple] and his staff really did a good job this summer."
Quarterback Dayne Crist was also another player who dropped his body fat percentage from 13% to 10% in the six months he has been on campus while staying at 235 pounds . Crist said it was the biggest drop in body fat he has had in an offseason during his college career.
"I was mad that I didn't crack 9 percent," Crist said. "I was right at 10.2. I said I wanted to come back in a couple of days and do it again but they wouldn't let me."
Crist and Opurum said the players who made the biggest gains were the ones who took advantage of the optional workout days during the offseason which fell on Wednesdays and Saturdays. During those two days of the week, players could tailor the workouts they wanted to do to match their offseason goals. Players said early on there wasn't a high participation rate but the numbers grew every single week.
"It picked up every week to the point where guys almost came in like it was mandatory," Opurum said.
Sterling on campus
Offensive tackle Aslam Sterling was on the practice field today after finishing his final junior college class yesterday. Sterling is expected to compete with Riley Spencer for the starting spot at right tackle.