As bowl season comes to a close, it is time for those athletes looking to make the leap to the NFL to begin their grueling preparation for quite possibly their biggest challenge yet : The NFL Combine.
Athletes from around the country have descended upon IMG Academy to begin months of training looking to hone-in on their skills while working with the specialists here in Bradenton. The combine tests athletes on a variety of criteria which makes IMG Academy's TOTAL ATHLETE training methods well-suited for improving overall success at the combine.
Nick Bellore, a Central Michigan University linebacker currently training at IMG Academy enjoys the atmosphere and the opportunity to workout along such athletes as Maria Sharapova, Freddy Adu and Joey Votto, and speaks about his training at IMG:
It's fully integrated, everything, so we have classes â I have almost like an improv-type class that teaches us interview skills and stuff like that. They do a vision-training class that is like stuff that they teach the pilots in the Air Force. We meet with a sports psychologist.
Tandon Doss, a junior wide receiver from Indiana University, will be joining Bellore to train at IMG Academy this off-season. Doss has signed with agent Jared Fox, whose clients include Rodger Saffold and Jammie Kirlew, both of whom spent their time at IMG Academy preparing for last year's combine.
Doss, on his thoughts of training at IMG Academy:
âThe facilities are great,â he said. âI don't think there's any place better than that.â
The 2011 NFL Combine will be held February 23rd- March 1st in Indianapolis.