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July 31, 2002
Freshmen Performance Testing Results
After two days of meetings, physicals, tours and paperwork the freshmen class finally got to work Wednesday morning. The newest Seminoles underwent performance testing under the direction of Strength and Conditioning Coach Jon Jost followed by a light 12-period practice. Only 10 of the scholarship players took part in the testing as Lorne Sam, Lorenzo Booker, Wyatt Sexton and Pat Watkins tested with the varsity in early July and decided not to retest.
"The difference between the hand held and the electronic was .152 seconds," said Jost. "The conversion we gave you (before) was really accurate considering we were factoring in the track. And the truth is if you factor in the track it probably is going to be even faster. Today that grass was really wet. I'll tell you it was really a slow track."
As far as the overall performance index three of the players that tested earlier ended up with the top scores (likely due to better field conditions). Wednesday's top performer was Georgia native Darrell Burston. The 6'2", 221-pound defensive end put up an impressive vertical jump of 37" and a broad jump of 10'3.25". That was the top vertical for the freshmen and only Pat Watkins had a better broad jump (10'4").
"Darrell Burston tested out with the best performance index," said Jost. "Thomas Clayton didn't run the pro agility so he would have been competing with him. Leon Washington did not run the pro agility and he also would have been right there with them."
Performance Testing Scores for the Freshmen
Scoring for each test ranges from 0 to 1,000 points, with 1,000 points being equal to a predicted world record performance in the event. The Index takes into account the result of each test as well as the athlete?s body weight, which enables every athlete?s abilities to be evaluated equally. The index was developed at the University of Nebraska and evaluated over a ten-year period by a team of statistics professors to develop the scoring equation.
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