July 6, 2011
RB, Bennett & DE, Alexander are anxious & ready
Summer vacation is rapidly coming to a close for USAMPS-bound players Miles Bennett and Ryan Alexander. Both have been making great efforts to arrive at camp in the best shape of their lives.
The speedy Bennett, a running back out of Tampa (FL) Jesuit High School, has been putting in challenging 40 minute workouts in the morning to beat the Florida heat.
"I want to get into training camp prepared, but I feel like no matter how hard I work what we're going to face up there will be tougher than anything I've been doing,'' he said.
"We've been trying to mix agility drills into conditioning; we're doing cone drills and then right into gassers.''
The 5-foot-11, 207-pounder has run a 10.76 100M, 22.12 200M and 50.62 400M. He knows that he will be asked to run two miles under 15 minutes and swimming drills exercise when he gets to West Point.
He said he's been running two miles per day.
Bennett said he has been taking part in a Facebook group of Prep players. He said a popular topic has been how tough basic training will be.
"Football has always come natural to me,'' said Bennett, who has run a 4.47 40. "The other stuff, the swimming, the long distance running, that will be an adjustment.''
DE, Ryan Alexander
Alexander has also been working hard in the heat of the Texas panhandle. Not too far from the Oklahoma border. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end said that temperatures in his hometown of Canadian, Texas have reached as high as 110 recently. He said he has been working out in the heat and has received help from his girlfriend, who is a cross country runner at West Texas A&M University. The two have been trying to do their runs at noon.
"Running has been an eye opener,'' said Alexander, who has run an 11.7 100-meter, but was mainly a shot putter. ""That asphalt tends to get very, very hot on your feet.''
He said he has been trying to mimic the daily routine of the Prep, rising early and going out for his workout. Alexander turned down walk-on opportunities at Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to play football for Army and attend West Point.
"I know it'll be different, but it's going to be good, I'm really looking forward to meeting my new teammates,'' said Alexander, who has been helping his father with his catering business. "It's going to be a good deal for me. I'll be able to adjust
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