Monday, August 17, 2020

"How Cardinals QB Kyler Murray got bigger but stayed fast for Year 2"

ESPN:

For the first time since perhaps junior high, Murray -- the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft and No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft -- had an entire offseason to focus on just football. As long as he played baseball, especially in college, he went from football season right into baseball season. And even though he didn't play baseball last season, he was busy with the pre-draft process, which took away from training.

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Murray worked out four days a week with Baca at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. and threw two to three days a week with his father

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It was a balancing act for Baca to make Murray stronger but not to the point where it made him slower.

One way Baca did that was by using the force-velocity curve when handling Murray's speed. To maximize speed, Murray lifted lighter weights as fast as he could.

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To build his leg strength, Murray used a pit shark

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Murray added somewhere between 7 and 9 pounds of muscle

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Among the priorities this offseason was to get Murray's weight up a little, but it wasn't necessarily his intention to bulk up to the point where it'd become a topic of conversation.