BleedCougarBlueEnid, OKI think it was a form of exaggeration.
You know, self depreciating humor
Article quote: "In the spring, I’d run two plays and I’d be
like, ‘I’m gonna have a heart attack,’” Apo said.
“I didn’t like that feeling. The offense wasn’t fun. So this
summer, I put it on myself to get conditioned. … Last year, I
couldn’t even bench 135 pounds."I like Apo as much as
anyone and hope he has a MONSTER year. But, I find it reeeeeeally strange that
a guy who is probably, what?, 20 yrs old, maybe even 21, say that a year ago he
could not even bench press 135 lbs? I could bench press 135 lbs at the start of
my sophomore year of HIGH SCHOOL. As a senior in high school, my bench press
max was 265. And I wasn't even anywhere near the strongest guy on my team.
So to hear a COLLEGE Div. 1 starter say he couldn't bench
press 135 lbs a year ago is just very, very surprising. Did BYU's weight
training/strength coach not ride him hard enough?Regardless.....go
Ross Apo and GO COUGARS!!
@ STuFOO from Korea, AE - Nice to know that they are able watch everywhere. @ TrueBlue - Now that they got their new $32 Million fitness facility,
they can REALLY enjoy their couch potatoes.Apo, you can do it and
Chris B. Very painful, yet very fun. As a graduate of the UofU, I'm much
more realistic in what I see on the field than other fans on both teams. No one
was more proud of the Utes for great wins of the past, such as against Alabama
and BYU. But, I also realized that the great records of the past for Utah are
going to be few and far between in the PAC-12. I also know that BYU has a
tendency to far overstate what their talent level is, even for the coaches, and
get everyone's expectations a bit above what they will deliver. You will
see in my posts that I prefer them playing the game on the field than listening
to the false hype. All players, for whatever team. need to put it all on the
field. Any team can beat any other team. I'm not blind. I love the
intensity of college football. I love football in the state of Utah, but I
don't live there. I invite you to be realistic with me.
Chrissy,Wilson is 0-1 in going to post season play,soon
to be o-2 in going to post season play And will probably finish his
career 0-4 in going to post season play,Mark that down
It has always confused me when a coach says a player needs to develop more
confidence and then sits him on the bench or talks like they may not be a
starter. How is a player supposed to gain confidence while riding the pine or
looking over his shoulder? I would think he would need to have some success on
the field to build that confidence. I think Anae said it best when he said they
need to put him in a position to be successful. I hope Apo has a breakout year
this year. Best of luck #1! Go Cougs!
Cinci,Those 3 correct picks have been so painful for you
Ross, Van Noy, Hoffman. What do they all have in common?They all
played on a winning team that won a bowl game last year while the Utes were home
playing couch potatoes.Utah's seniors are on the cusp of ending
their college football careers with back-to-back bowl-less seasons.
Chris B predictions stand at 3-4247. Son to finish 3-4248. Mark it down.
If BYU gets a big year out of Apo, they will be very hard to defend. I'm
looking forward to a couple of big wins this season. Is it September yet?
No number of stars makes a player great. All great players at the D-1 level
worked hard to become such. Ross Apo has been a good player, just not the great
player that he could and should be. Now that he has the right coaches, (and
hopefully the right QB situation), he can become the great player he has always
had the potential to be. I feel the same can be said of Jake Heaps. All the
talent in the world, just the wrong attitude. We'll see what happens with
him at Kansas.
I think Apo is a good example of what happens with the "star rating"
hype with some players. They do get to thinking they have arrived with their
recruitment and don't put in the effort to become a master of their craft.
Ross tried to float through the process of becoming a Div I player and it
didn't work (supporting cast was doing the same). Now he has coaches that
aren't going to let that happen and he has turned to corner to self
motivation. I suspect the people who stood in front of him last year are going
to be blown away as he flys past them or knocks them down on blocking routes.
And he will do it again 12 seconds later. And again 12 seconds later. And into
the endzone 12 seconds later.
I wish Russ Apo the very best this year. He has the talent. He needs a great
offensive scheme and a quarterback who can hit his target. He had neither last
year. He needs to bring hard work to the table. He also lacked that a bit last
year. But most of all, he needs an offensive scheme that involves more than the
4 predictable plays Anae used the last time he had the reigns of the offense,
and he needs the QB draw to take a seat deep in the play trunk. Go Cougars.
And Go Apo!
I hate waiting. let's play some football!Then let's add
basketball.I love being able to see almost all the games, anywhere I
am at.Thanks BYU.
I hope BYU gets the quarterback situation straightened out this year. Apo showed
the he was a special player in his freshman year. Hope to see him return to form