March 19, 2013

Balis updates offseason strength program

In January, Mississippi State opened the doors to the $25 million Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex.

Housed inside the new football facility is the Bulldogs new 12,000 square foot weight room. Over the last three months, strength and conditioning coordinator Matt Balis has been breaking in his new surroundings by putting the players to work.

"From day-one we've felt so honored to be in here and really humbled by it all, the weight room and the whole building," Balis said. "We just talk about giving back and being able to appreciate this facility, to treat it the right way, to take pride in it. I think guys look at training in the new facility as kind of a neat deal, day-in and day-out its an experience. Because it's so big and it flows so well, it's a great place to train. I mean, we're always going to train hard and always going to get after it. But to have a place like this to train in is a great feeling of pride, too."

Balis stated that three years of strategic planning went into the design of the weight room and is pleased with the way it turned out.

Leading the team through the offseason weight program has been a solid group of seniors. Balis singled out Deontae Skinner, Denico Autry, Gabe Jackson, Tyler Russell and LaDarius Perkins as players who have "set the standard" during the offseason in the weight room.

"These are all guys that had to have great off-seasons, and they did," Balis said.

Not to be out done, several underclassmen on the defensive side of the ball have also had breakout offseasons under Balis.

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