Watch: Inside Look At Georgia Football Strength And Conditioning

Watch: Inside Look At Georgia Football Strength And Conditioning

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Watch: Inside Look At Georgia Football Strength And Conditioning


Strength and conditioning always seemed to be an aspect of Georgia football that was lacking until Kirby Smart hired Scott Sinclair as the new program director in 2016.

Sinclair came to Athens after spending three years in the same position at Marshall University. When Smart arrived in Athens, he had tons of ideas for a new playing style and culture, but arguably none bigger than his emphasis on physicality and strength.

And that’s where Sinclair came in. A native of Rockingham, N.C., Sinclair brings an intense and enthusiastic approach to Georgia’s weight room, pushing players – and even coaches – to limits they did not know could be reached.

“I feel like Coach Sinclair is probably the key behind everything,” said senior linebacker Natrez Patrick in Georgia’s feature video on the strength and conditioning program.

“Coach Sinclair definitely got us right,” added wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

Fatigue is a common obstacle for college football players, but especially in the South in the sweltering heat, when that fourth quarter comes about many players are gassed. The lack of energy can be a difference maker in an SEC game. Fatigue is accompanied by mental errors, poor execution, and often times, injuries.

Patrick mentioned how Sinclair and his staff have adequately prepared the team for all four quarters of a ball-game, and as seen twice last season, overtime as well.

“When the fourth quarter comes in, we’re ready to go,” said Patrick. “The fourth quarter program we do, the training is so intense and I feel like that kind of gives our team an edge. It gives us that mindset that we know there’s not many people that work the way we work.”

Sinclair mentioned how every offseason features a different program with different levels of emphasis. This past summer, with the departures of multiple upperclassmen, leadership was a highlighted area of improvement.

“He wants everybody to be leaders of the team,” physical wide receiver Tyler Simmons, who has had made his mark as one the league’s best blocking pass catchers, said.

Sinclair discussed a few methods used to enhance leadership on a relatively young Georgia squad. One example was assigning certain players to lead different workouts over the summer, placing them in a position that requires a level of leadership that will carry over into practice and games.

“Wins and losses are important,” Sinclair said. “But at the end of the day if we are watching a young man leave the University of Georgia a better man that’s equipped to go into the world and play in the NFL or start his own business, to be a great dad, to be a great husband; to me, that’s what’s most rewarding.”

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