Could You Pass Maryland's Fitness Test?
If you don’t know Bearthur Johnson, he is a 364-pound redshirt freshman offensive lineman. I have a particular fondness for him because he is from Hoboken, N.J., a little north of my neck of the woods. Maryland teammates also have a fondness for him.
But Johnson has not been able to practice, at least not much, because he still has not passed Maryland’s conditioning test. Here’s the test: 14 100-yard runs with 35 seconds of rest in between each. Ralph Friedgen does not think it’s too hard. In fact, only five of 105 Maryland players did not pass it. Think you’d pass? Usain Bolt can nearly run 100 yards and back in 18 seconds, but, well, that’s Bolt and no one in history can run as fast as Bolt.
Anyway, here is Friedgen on Johnson’s progress:
“Bearthur Johnson, if he ever gets in shape, he is a pretty good athlete. He is very talented, just right now he doesn’t move fast enough to get where he needs to get. He was 364 today and came in at 380, on his way down. I give him credit. I wouldn’t let him practice until he passed the test, and he still has not passed the test. I have never seen a guy so happy to play football in my life. He is loved by all the players.
“He has to be productive and the only way he will be productive is if he passes the conditioning test. The one thing about the kid, in anything he has ever done, he does not quit it. I have seen kids stop. He might finish it with a sun dial but he will finish the race. This is a whole new world for him. He has never had to deal with the amount of work academically or on the football field. He has the tools to be a good football player. I just don’t know if he has the work ethic, that’s what I have been trying to find out.”
August 26, 2008; 5:10 AM ET
Categories: Football | Tags: Bearthur Johnson, Ralph Friedgen, conditioning test
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