March 16, 2011
Gayle earns top honor in strength and conditioning program
The Notebook
   Mike Gentry, Tech’s associate AD for athletic performance, and his staff concluded strength and conditioning testing for the football team before spring break, and James Gayle earned the highest honor handed out by the staff.


Gayle, a rising redshirt sophomore from Hampton, Va., earned the Excalibur Award, which takes into account his marks in the four major lifts (bench press, front squat, power clean and push jerks) and five conditioning tests (40-yard dash, 10-yard sprint, 20-yard shuttle run, sit-reach test and vertical jump). The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder recorded a 420-pound bench and a 420-pound front squat. He finished with a 341-pound push jerk, and he set the defensive ends record in the power clean with a 366-pound lift. He had a 38-inch vertical jump and ran the 40 in 4.45.

 Gayle was one of 11 Hokies to earn Super Iron status in the strength and conditioning program. The rest include Vinston Painter, David Wang, Josh Oglesby, Riley Beiro, Joey Phillips, Mark Carter, D.J. Coles, Marcus Davis, Telvion Clark and Wiley Brown.

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