Notre Dame Football Players Are Seriously Bulking up for the 2017 Season

Notre Dame, linebacker Tevon Coney
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Talk about getting some fast results.

Just three months after taking over as the Director of Football Strength and Conditioning for the University of Notre Dame football team, Matt Balis, C.S.C.S., is making an immediate impact for Brian Kelly’s squad. And by immediate impact, we mean a bunch of Fighting Irish football players probably need to buy new shirts, because they have some sleeve-splitting muscles to fit under their clothes.

Whether it’s crushing some major lifts in the weight room on Valentine’s Day or hitting the gym on St. Patrick’s Day, Balis has been getting his players jacked for the season:


The staff put together some before-and-after photos of the players, including linebacker Te’von Coney, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, safety D.J. Morgan, linebacker Nyles Morgan, and wideout Javon McKinley.

Coney hulked out, adding inches to his arms for massive biceps and getting his pecs and traps to really pop with definition:


Stepherson went from 168 lbs to 180 lbs, and it looks like pure muscle. He also boosted his vertical jump 11″ from 30″ to 41″ and decreased his body fat percentage by nearly 2%:


Morgan only added a few pounds, but, as you can tell from the photos, it’s all muscle:


Morgan beefed up too, and while his added weight isn’t in the photo, the results are easy to see:


McKinley added nearly 10 lbs to his frame and almost 5″ to his vertical leap. Making things even more impressive? McKinley broke his fibula last season and only played in one game:



It shouldn’t be too much of a shock that Balis is having an impact on the Irish already. Balis previously worked at the University of Connecticut, where he coached Huskies cornerback Obi Melifonwu, who totally crushed his pro day with a 44″ vertical jump and an 11’9″ broad jump.

With Balis on the staff, the Irish may have a few more first-round picks coming out in the draft next year.

Here’s a few more looks at what the Irish have been up to this offseason:






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