Appreciating Dwight Galt : Penn State's Strength Coach Has Broken the Combine

By Matthew Filipovits on March 6, 2018 at 8:20 am
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If you somehow haven't heard by now, the Nittany Lions absolutely destroyed the NFL Combine.

Guys like Saquon Barkley and Mike Gesicki were expected to be amongst the top performers at their position, but it was the rest of the Nittany Lions that put Penn State at the top. 

Troy Apke blew everybody, most notably Deion Sanders, away with his insane 40 time. He also won the three-cone drill and 20-yd shuttle for the safeties.

Grany Haley helped his draft stock with a surprising 4.44 40-yard time and a win in the three-cone drill for his position.

If there's one guy the Nittany Lions can thank for these results, it's strength coach Dwight Galt.

Galt's been doing this thing since 1993 when he was the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Terps. He stayed in College Park until 2011, when he joined James Franklin at Vandy and eventually followed him to Penn State in 2014.

While at Maryland, Galt was responsible for some pretty phenomenal combine performances, including Vernon Davis, one of only two players to weigh at least 230 pounds, run a 4.4 40 and have a vertical jump of 40" or higher.

The other? That would be another Galt product, Barkley.

Galt's impact hasn't gone unnoticed by his former players either. Take Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith for example.

Back when Franklin came to Penn State he said Galt was "probably the most important hire we've made." After this week, that may be an understatement.

After heading over to the weight room for max squat day last week, it's clear to see Galt loves to make his workouts a team effort. 

I mean, look at this. The entire team is crowded around Miles Sanders for his max squat attempt and I can tell you this place was LOUD. If you're thinking, "well, he's the new starting running back and a former five star, of course, people are going to watch him." Take a look at this:

That's Isaiah Humphries, an early enrollee who has been with the program for barely two months. The entire team rotated over to support him, as they did for just about every player going big that day. Galt loves this type of atmosphere. One that gives players the ability to have fun and support their teammates and create a level of competition that many weight rooms are lacking.

Scouts will get to see some more of Galt's work later this month at Penn State's senior day. Guys who sat out of certain combine drills like DaeSean Hamilton, Jason Cabinda, and Christian Campbell, along with NFL hopefuls like Curtis Cothran and Parker Cothren, will get to show off what they've gained from four years under Galt.

Dwight Galt has taken Penn State's strength and conditioning program to new heights and this senior class was just the first one to have his program for all four years. Penn Staters dominating the combine may be a new trend, but pretty soon it will be expected.

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