As the NFL regular season kicks off tonight, an eventful summer and preseason for former Stanford players concludes. After the final cuts, 20 former Stanford players made a 53-man roster across 14 different NFL franchises, including four players with Indianapolis and two each with Seattle, Arizona and Cincinnati. In addition, four players (Thomas Keiser, Matthew Masifilo, Chris Owusu and Michael Thomas) were cut but now currently reside on practice squads.
In contrast to the public’s typical perception of the ultra-secretive football coach—think of Eric Mangini burning his files or the late Al Davis’ coaching counterespionage—strength and conditioning coaches share information freely. In fact, Turley will be speaking at the annual conference of the National Strength Coaches Association in July.
What drives the wildly successful training philosophy of Shannon Turley? Here is an example: It’s a beautiful spring day on the Farm, and instead of being totally dumbstruck by Shannon Turley, I am now positively terrified by the freshman year version of Alex Debniak.
A decade ago, it took three seasons for Stanford to amass ten wins. During those three miserable years, the Cardinal never finished higher than eighth out of the ten teams in the Pac-10. Nineteen losses in conference play. Twenty-three total defeats. Those were the kinds of numbers that defined the program.