Graham Gano, the standout specialist who handled all the kicking duties at Florida State University during the 2008 season, is now setting his sights on the NFL Combine. Gano is training at the Athletic & Personal Development program in Bradenton, FL. Athletic & Personal Development program Director, Trevor Moawad, who has worked with many first-round draft picks said, “We are excited to have Graham out here at the academy. He had a magical season at FSU and is one of the top specialists to enter the draft in recent history. This is a critical time for him and IMGA is the right spot for him. He continues the great tradition of FSU athletes training at IPI.” FSU alums Chris Weinke, Javon Walker, and Anquan Boldin all trained at IPI.
Athletic & Personal Development program develops the world's best athletes by integrating six essential athletic and character development disciplines, providing a customized approach to total athletic development to fully maximize potential. This unique total athlete development program is founded upon six disciplines: physical conditioning, mental conditioning, nutrition, leadership, communication, and athletic regeneration.
Athletic & Personal Development program has trained numerous #1 and first-round draft picks, including Alex Smith, Eli Manning, LaDanian Tomlinson, Chris Spencer, Heath Miller, Darren McFadden, Drew Brees, Chad Pennington, Roy Williams, and Tony Romo to name a few. Currently, other athletes training at IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsinclude Maria Sharapova, Tommy Haas, Josh Fields, Joey Votto, Jamie Moyer, and Casey Kelly to name a few.
Vinnie Burns, a former stand out punter at Virginia Tech who is now a performance specialist at IMG Academy and Dave Langworthy, who was hired out of The University of Nebraska will be training Gano. In addition, Gano will receive specialized guest training by Athletic & Personal Development program alum, Martin Gramatica. Gramatica said, “It’s great to be working with the coaches at IPI. I spent over two years here as an athlete and know how beneficial it is before the NFL Combine. You can clearly tell that Gano has the leg strength and the physical and mental tools to have a long and productive career in the NFL. My goal is to help him be as prepared as possible for the Combine.”
Gano has already seen progress while at the Athletic & Personal Development program, saying, “I’ve already seen improvements in my strength and flexibility. I really believe that IMG is the best place to train both mentally and physically. They are helping me to be as prepared as possible for the Combine.”
Graham Gano Career Highlights:
* Won Lou Groza award in 2008 for Nation’s Top Placekicker
* First player in FSU school history to handle all of the kicking duties (punting, placements and kickoffs)
* Made an FSU record 18 consecutive field goals including five straight attempts from 50 yards or more in 2008
* Named the Top Punter in the ACC by the Sporting News
* Led the nation in field goals and is the highest scoring kicker in all of the FBS
* Named a Rivals All-American and an All-ACC first team selection