Alabama's new nose tackle and former left defensive end Jesse Williams may have just cemented himself as the strongest member on the Crimson Tide football team after benching 600 lbs.
According to AL.com Williams achieved this feat today, which surpasses the 580 lbs. that the previous nose tackle, Josh Chapman, was able to push. Chapman was labeled the strongest man in college football in 2011 by Bruce Feldman.
The problem is that one does not simply walk into the weight room and bench 600 lbs. without being accused of illicit training means.
The trolls and critics are already responding in waves with wild accusations about steroids, but those accusations don't have a leg to stand on.
The 600-lb. mark is amazing, but it's not superhuman. It's uncommon for a 320-lb. man to bench press that much, but it's far from impossible, especially for a gym rat.
Nick Saban and Scott Cochran run a clean weight room and won't allow any sort of juicing. That's a fact and will remain so until someone can provide some evidence otherwise.
As for Williams himself, he has always been a dedicated weight room beast. He is the Trent Richardson of defensive linemen.
It should come as no surprise that he has achieved a feat like this. According to William Vlachos, Alabama's former center and one of the strongest members of the team for three years, said Williams was benching more than him when he first arrived.
There are other critics, as well, that will say that production in the weight room doesn't turn into production on the field.
That I disagree with. Every bit of sweat in the weight room translates directly into production during game time, provided the one lifting is actually learning something in practice and studying film which is exactly what Williams does.
In the previous link, Vlachos also said Williams "runs like a deer." That weight that he carries is all muscle and he's one of the quickest and fastest 320 lb men you will ever see.
At 6'4", 320 lbs. he has the perfect combination of size, speed, and strength to be a nose tackle in not only the SEC but the NFL as well.
When Williams arrived at Alabama weighing in at 325 lbs. Under a proper strength and conditioning coach, he dropped 15-20 lbs of fat while gaining a good 10 lbs of muscle.
I wouldn't label Williams as the overall strongest player in NCAA football just yet. The man is built like an upside-down pyramid with legs smaller than you would expect after seeing his enormous upper body.
It's the upper body strength that is more important at this point in his lifting career. He is rumored to squat around 700 (cannot confirm) and will need a powerful upper body and his long arms to deal with the inevitable wave of double teams he will face throughout the year.
The fact is that Jesse Williams is an amazingly strong individual. It's something Alabama and the fans knew since before he arrived and he just proved it yet again.
What's best is that he is doing it legitimately, and unless proven otherwise, it is a cold, hard fact.