Of all the lists I've done on this blog over the past few years (and I do one every Wednesday these days), none generates as much feedback as the annual "Freaks" list. This top 10 spotlights the top workout warriors or players who often dazzle their teammates and coaches by the numbers they can put up in the weight room, on the track or in some other "wow" capacity of athleticism. And thanks to the help of many coaches, players and sports information directors around the country, we have the 2010 edition.
1. Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina Tar Heels
This defense is overflowing with freaks (Mel Kiper thinks so too), but it's Carter -- a three-year starter at OLB who has led the nation with five blocked kicks -- who merits top freak status this year. He's part of the country's fastest linebacking corps. Carter's workout numbers are every bit as impressive as his football stats. He has set UNC linebacker records in the power clear (374) and the vertical jump (40.5 inches). The 238-pounder has also been clocked at 4.39 in the 40 and bench-presses 440. Asked which of the testing numbers he's most proud of, Carter says it's his power clean, which is tied for tops on the team with DE Robert Quinn and Zach Pianalto. "It measures the explosiveness the most," said the former high school quarterback. Perhaps the biggest freak quality of all about Carter goes back to this: We got to talking about his eating habits when I interviewed him.
"How strict are you about diet?" I asked.
"Well, not very. I eat a lot of McDonald's and fast foods, but I do work out real hard."
"Like how much McDonald's?"
"Almost every day. I usually get three double cheeseburgers, medium fries, large tea and a six-piece McNuggets. I don't think eating healthy as far as eating salads and that stuff really works for me."
Apparently that McFeast does, though.