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Tide Football Players Show Off at Night of Champions


Friday, February 28, 2003

Anthony Bryant
Anthony Bryant dunking a basketball in a special exhibition

Several Alabama Crimson Tide football players got the opportunity to show off their winter-training progress in Coleman Coliseum Friday at the team's annual "Night of Champions" event.

Sixteen Tide players participated in the three main weight-lifting events: the bench press, squat and hang clean. In the hang clean, Justin Smiley shattered his old record of 425 lbs., powering up 440 Friday night. Dre Fulgham also broke his own bench press record by benching 455 lbs., 15 over his old record.

Smiley, Brandon Brooks, DeMeco Ryans and Antwan Odom each received the Iron Man award for their respective positions. Strength and Conditioning coach Ben Pollard said that he was pleased with the progress his players have made over the past six weeks of training.

"I'm impressed with how they performed tonight," Pollard said. "To be at this point after just six weeks of training is great and it gives us a chance to do great things in the summer. The crowd gave them great intensity and made them perform."

Brandon Brooks and Triandos Luke competed in the vertical jump exhibition, with Brooks jumping 40 inches and Luke reaching 39 and a half inches.

In the special contest, Anthony Bryant, Fulgham, Zach Fletcher, Juwan Garth and Mark Anderson competed in a slam-dunk contest. Garth wowed the crowd of approximately 1,000 with several spectacular dunks.