Armstrong pours on the speed
Track star focuses on more than obvious positions to make Dawgs faster
Updated: April 25, 2012, 1:37 PM ETBy David Ching | DawgNation
ATHENS, Ga. -- As a longtime track coach and speed trainer, Sherman Armstrong sees nothing unusual in training a team to improve its quickness and agility. But Armstrong understands how adapting his methods to work for a football team can be portrayed as an outside-the-box approach. College football strength and conditioning programs are often as old school as it gets -- and Georgia's falls into that category under Joe Tereshinski's leadership. But Tereshinski employed a decidedly new-school strategy in hiring Armstrong as his new associate director of strength and conditioning, dedicated specifically to improving the Bulldogs' speed skills.
"As a university football program, it could be viewed as being a little outside the box, just because the general parameters of strength and conditioning is the weight room and warming the guys up and getting ready, and that's it -- and of course a conditioning element to it," said Armstrong, a four-time track all-American at Illinois and two-time Olympic Trials finalist in the 400 hurdles. "But outside the box in a sense that there is a specific day, there's a specific time designated to what I do -- then it could be viewed that way."
Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesLast May, UGA quarterback Aaron Murray worked with former track star and Olympic Trials finalist Sherman Armstrong at VAST Sports in Tampa, Fla.
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