And in the off-season, where else to look but our superstar strength and conditioning coach, Mike Barwis. SI.com has a sweet article posted a couple days ago about his approach to training, and his absolutely brutal workout regimen.
Player quote: WR Greg Matthews
"The first couple workouts were really tough for me, a lot of things were running through my mind. Emotionally, mentally, I was wreck. I've worked hard but I never knew what it took to be a champion and to be the best wide receiver in the nation. Coach Barwis has given me a sense what it takes to be the best."
"He is so high-intensity and he demands the best. He doesn't care if you're tired. You still have to make your time, and if you don't, you will be there all day until you make your time. He demands so much from you, and I love him for it, because most players would just be like, 'All right, he's going to let me slide because I'm tired.' But coach Barwis doesn't. When you're running, you're like, 'Man, I can't stand him, I hate him.' But when you're done, you're like, 'Man, I really appreciate the things he did for me.' We've bought in, so we kind of see what he's doing for us now. We kind of love the fact he's there for us and he pushes us so hard now. We've learned to appreciate it now."If Greg Matthews is talking "best receiver in the nation", you know something is going right.