CHICAGO — Iowa senior tackle Brandon Scherff caught the college football world’s attention last week when a video surfaced of him hang cleaning 443 pounds three times. His Big Ten peers also were paying attention.
Wisconsin tackle Rob Havenstein, who like Scherff was tabbed the BTN preseason all-Big Ten team, was amazed with Scherff’s strength.
“I think the video kind of speaks for itself. It’s impressive,” Havenstein said. “He’s obviously a very strong dude, and he’s going to be one of the top picks next year. Hands down he’s one of best tackles in college football, if not the best.”
Wisconsin defensive lineman Warren Herring kind of laughed when he heard about Scherff’s lifts saying, “I’m still trying to get there myself.”
“That’s amazing. That’s strength there,” Herring said. “That’s what Iowa’s program is built off of, they’ve built off of being tough and strong, and that’s what he is.”
Illinois defensive lineman Austin Teitsma stopped a reporter in mid-sentence when Scherff’s name was mentioned.
“About his power clean? I think everybody’s seen that,” Teitsma said. “Awesome. That’s a strong man. It’s great.”
The players also have great admiration for Scherff’s game on the field as well.
“Man, physical. Very physical,” Herring said. “Great athlete. Very talented. That strong. It’s a physical team. Whenever you play that game, expect some bumps and bruises after the game.”
“Honestly me watching his film is only going to make me better by trying emulate the things he does, kind of how he works and how he plays,” Havenstein said. “To me he is one of the top tackles in this class, for sure.”
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