When high school athletes are looking to get recruited by colleges, they will go to combines and recruiting events. At these events, especially in football, it is commonplace for prospects to take part in a bench press competition where you see how many times you can rep 185 pounds. It isn’t really a contest, but the athletes make it into one and one future Michigan State Spartan just won one in the coolest way possible.
According to College Spun, four-star defensive tackle commit Mike Panasiuk repped 185 pounds forty-three times, which is the record at The Opening in Oregon. That is impressively strong. Heck, I’d even call that scary strong. For Panasiuk, it was just another day at the office.
It’s not like the Spartans really needed to get any stronger on their defensive line after they allowed only 88.5 rushing yards per game last season. That made them the number one rush defense in country. I expect that number to gradually go down once Panasiuk hits the field next fall.
Big Ten teams beware, the Michigan State defense is like the Boogeyman. They’re coming to get you.
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