Sunday, July 17, 2016

WTXL Road Trip: Florida A&M Is Lifting Big Weights And Hoping For Big Results

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Milton Overton, Jr's accomplished quite a bit in first year as Athletic Director at Florida A&M University. The men's basketball team's postseason ban was lifted, and football can participate in spring practice starting in 2017.

Overton also brought several ideas from where he came from- the University of Alabama. One of those ideas? Parker Brooks, the new Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Rattlers, and Brooks has big goals when it comes to lifting big weights.

"I don't have to wear a suit," laughed Brooks as to the biggest perk to his job. "I can wear sweatpants and a gym shirt. I get to work out with the strongest dudes in Tallahassee. It doesn't get much better than that!"

Coming from where Brooks has been, that's saying a lot. He arrived in January from Alabama, where he spent six seasons grooming the Crimson Tide, and he's taken that elite level of play and brought it to Tallahassee.

"Speed is king," he said. "We do a lot of Olympic lifting, so we're running the same program and the strength and conditioning that Alabama does. They trust in the process because they've seen the results."

The Rattlers are hoping those results, transfer to the football field. FAMU's coming off a 1-10 2015 campaign, one they're ready to avenge, and it all starts in the weightroom.


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