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A DAY IN THE BULLDOGS WEIGHT ROOM

George Hostetter
Originally published 1994-07-22

* THE TASK MASTER
Steve Sobonya: Fresno State assistant strength and conditioning coach. * THE WORKOUT
Lift weights at the Duncan Building in the morning. Keep the doors closed so the moist fragrance won't escape.
Take a break until running starts at about 4 p.m. No use starting too soon and missing the hottest part of the day.
Warmup, then start with 20 minutes of agility drills. They include 30 different foot-quickness movements.
Double-time to Bulldog Stadium and run up the earth berm about 10 times. Full speed. Don't worry about the vegetation. "I make little deer prints," the 250-pound Chris Rockwell said. "[Nose guard Demetrius] Edwards and those big guys leave troughs."
Move to the stadium floor and complete six to eight progression runs, each 60 yards. Concentrate on form for the first 20 yards, long strides for the next 20, speed the last 20. With a little luck, Sobonya said, "it's 110 degrees down there."
The linemen look for a vehicle at this point. Not to take them home. To push. Sometimes it's a car, sometimes a pickup. One day, it was a diesel big rig (minus the trailer). The big guys push it 25 yards at full speed, then repeat seven times.
The backs and wide receivers don't get their hands dirty. Each runs sprints as someone tries to hold him back with a rope. Six for 10 yards, another six for five yards.
Finally, there are "striders," 100-yard runs at 90 percent speed. "But that's only if there's any energy left," Sobonya said.
* WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Defensive end Chris Rockwell: "Steve has these schemes that he must dream about every night. Actually, they're nightmares."
Linebacker Alphonso Bigelow: "[Player morale] is the highest I've ever seen it."

Sobonya: "I have a passion for my job. I love to push. I love to see people go beyond the norm."