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VIDEO: 2018 FSU DT commit Robert Cooper benches more than most NFL players

In 2014, Florida State standout defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan recorded 27 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine. In 2015, Mario Edwards Jr. recorded 32 reps. If you’re unfamiliar with this drill, I got you. 225 pounds is loaded onto the bar. The players lay down on a bench with the bar above them. The drill begins when they pick up the bar, bring it down to their chest, and press back up. The player will then try and record as many reps as possible to show their upper-body strength.

Florida State currently has six commits for their 2018 recruiting class. Robert Cooper, at six foot two inches and 350 pounds, may be the strongest of them all. Cooper is currently rated as a four-star recruit and the #8 defensive tackle in the country, and there’s still plenty of time for him to climb the rankings. Recently, he posted a video to Twitter where he performed 31 repetitions on the bench press at 225 pounds. That’s more than Timmy Jernigan and only one less than Mario Edwards Jr. The catch? Cooper was actually a 15-year-old sophomore at the time of this recording. He now claims to be able to record over 43 reps, which is insane. We’ll have to see it to believe it, Robert!

Check out the video below. Imagine the kind of monster this guy could become after a few years in a college strength and conditioning program. The sky is the limit for this future Seminole.

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.

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