A large, wide angle shot of Alabama’s new weight room has circulated on Twitter to the point of being picked up by national outlets.
The amount of weight some of the freak-of-nature athletes Alabama acquires would normally be enough to scare a grown man. But some athletes are big enough to scare their own teammates in the comfort of their own home.
That includes incoming freshman O.J. Howard, who is rooming with running back Derrick Henry, another newcomer who started classes in January.
“He scares me walking around the room at night,” Howard said. “He’s huge. He’s going to do great things this year. He’s up at night just doing pushups.”
Henry does not think much of the pushups.
“That’s just what I do. I’ve always done that, since I was a kid,” he said. “I don’t know why, it’s just a habit. It’s just something I do at night.
“I don’t really count. I just do them until I can’t do them anymore.”
Henry is hoping to do the same with drills and other techniques to help his chances at playing time for the 2013 season.
“I’m just trying to come up here and carry on a legacy,” Henry said. “Every day, I come up to the complex trying to learn what I can by watching film, learning plays, catching the ball, doing drills just so I can be ready for the spring and the offseason.”
Henry is getting plenty of motivation from what he saw freshman T.J. Yeldon do as a freshman in 2012, accumulating more than 1,000 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
“I paid a lot of attention since they were in my top three,” Henry said. “When I committed, I started watching a lot more and seeing how they run.”
Contributed by Brett Hudson