The Top 10 Strongest College Football Players | Muscle Prodigy Fitness (2022)

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Here is the list of the top 10 strongest college football players for the 2011 NCAA Football season. Each of these athletes are absolute genetic freaks who have some of the most impressive feats of strength and workout routines around. We want to give credit to Bruce Feldman of ESPN who originally came out with this top 10 list. However, we revised this list with new players and what we deem as the correct order. Those athletes who are in better physical shape and have lower body weight get additional consideration for being stronger. Find out who makes the list…

1) Mike Martin

DT, Michigan Wolverines
6’2, 300 lbs.

Anyone who can bench press 505 pounds, squat 700 pounds, power clean 430 pounds, hang clean 475 pounds and run a 4.9 second 40 yard dash is deserving of the top spot on this list. Martin does it all in the weight room and on the athletic field. Not only does he excel in football but he was a two-time high school state champion in wrestling and the shot put in his hometown state of Michigan. Martin is looking to improve on his solid play after getting All-Conference selection by both the coaches (2nd team) and the media (honorable mention) last season.

2) Travis Frederick

OL, Wisconsin Badgers
6’4, 338 lbs.

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Frederick became the first offensive lineman in Badgers history to start as a true freshman in 2009 when he played center against Northern Illinois. Besides his solid all-around play, he earned that start because no one on the field, let alone the nation, has a stronger lower body than Frederick. Frederick broke Chris Pressley’s school record by posting a 770-pound squat. In addition, Fredrick’s upper body is almost as equally strong; he can bench around 500 pounds. After redshirting after his freshman year in 2010, Frederick looks to get back right where he started for the 2011 campaign.

3) Trent Richardson

RB, Alabama Crimson Tide
5’11, 220 lbs.

Standing at only 220 pounds, Richardson bench presses 475 pounds, squats 600 pounds and power cleans over 365 pounds, in addition to a 4.4 second 40 yard dash. Richardson is so strong that his strength and conditioning coach will not let him go heavier than that for fear of injury, saying “The last thing I need to do is mess this kid up”, indicating that we’ll never know his true one rep max. Richardson knows what it takes to get strong as he was the state of Florida’s weightlifting champion back in high school. Richardson is a true athletic and strength prodigy and is probably pound for pound the nation’s strongest player. The junior running back looks to savor the load this year for Alabama’s high-powered offense, looking to mimic the Heisman Trophy play of ex-teammate Mark Ingram.

4) John Simon

DT, Ohio State Buckeyes
6’2, 270 lbs.

John Simon, the 6’2, 270 pound defensive tackle for the Buckeyes, left high school with a 450 pound max bench and a max squat of 700 pounds. Even at the young age of 16, Simon could bench 31 reps of 225 pounds! Keep in mind that it’s been a few years since Simon posted those insane feats of strength. You can only imagine how strong the man is now (however, we may never know). It would not be surprising if Simon can max out well over a 600 pound bench and an 800 pound squat. Simon is known to of done 48 reps for the 225 pound bench press, one rep shy of Stephen Paea’s all-time NFL Combine record. As a result, there will sure be a lot of hype for him heading into the NFL Combine. Simon is the glue and leader of the Buckeyes defense with 57 career tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 12 tackles for loss. He has been named to the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, honoring the top collegiate defensive player in the country. Although Simon most likely has the strength to lift more than anyone on this list, we need to go by his old max bench and squat numbers (since his current max lifts have not been confirmed). This is why he comes in at #4 but could easily be #1 on this list.

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5) Brandon Boudreaux

DE/LB, Troy Trojans
6’1, 239 lbs.

Boudreaux may be the only football player in the nation who can challenge Stephen Paea’s 49 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press at the 2011 NFL Combine. Boudreaux is so freakishly strong in his chest that he benches 225 pounds for 44 reps with even more room to spare! Strength coach Richard Shaughnessy says Boudreaux has done close to 50 reps before. At only 239 lbs., Boudreaux can realistically break Paea’s mark, doing so with 60 pounds less bodyweight. Boudreaux broad jumps 10 foot 5 inches and can run a 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds. Shaughnessy compared him to “a little Lee Haney”. Boudreaux hasn’t had a productive year to date but is looking to show some spark going into his senior year.

6) Josh Chapman

DT, Alabama Crimson Tide
6’1, 305 lbs.

Although he doesn’t have the dominance of former Tide teammate Terrence Cody, Chapman sure has that freak strength that can be a problem for any offensive lineman. According to the Crimson Tide strength staff, Chapman benches 580 pounds and squats 630 pounds. This season Chapman is regarded as one of the better nose guard prospects in his class.

7) Doug Martin

RB, Boise State Broncos
5’9, 201 lbs.

They say big things come in small packages. Doug Martin is a prime example of that. The 5’9 Martin, known by his teammates as the “Muscle Hamster”, possesses the most impressive stats in the Boise State program with a 530-pound squat, 405-pound bench press, a 374-pound hang clean, and a 40 yard dash of 4.42 seconds. He also vertical jumps 37 inches and did 28 reps on the 225-pound bench press. With Kellen Moore getting all the attention this year, Martin should certainly not be overlooked, looking to improve on his previous all-star season of 1,260 yards and 12 TDs.

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8) Julian Burnett

LB, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
5’10, 222 lbs.

At only 5’10 and 222 lbs., Burnett may lack the true size of a linebacker but possesses some of the best pure strength at the position. He can squat 600 pounds, bench press 460 pounds, and power cleans 350 pounds. Last season, Burnett led the Yellow Jackets in tackles despite not starting until Week 5. Head coach Paul Johnson deems Burnett as a “heat-seeking missile.”

9) Michael Ford

RB, LSU Tigers
5’10, 202 lbs.

At just over 200 lbs., Ford gives Trent Richardson a run for his money as the nation’s pound for pound strongest player. Ford benches 425 pounds, power cleans 352 pounds, and squats 510 pounds, all while doing a 42 inch vertical. Tigers strength coach Tommy Moffitt, who had worked at Miami, believes that Ford reminds him of former Hurricanes star Andre Johnson in the weight room. Ford looks to compete for the starting running back position heading into this season.

10) Eric Richter

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OL, Colorado Buffaloes
6’3, 310 lbs.

A junior college transfer from Saddleback College in California, Richter amazed his new Colorado teammates with his raw strength, repping out 500 pounds on the bench press three times. According to Colorado’s strength coach, Richter can bench press 405 pounds for six to eight reps and did 41 reps of the 225-pound bench press. Richter is listed third at left guard on the Buffaloes roster but his pure strength may make some noise this year for the Buffs.

Honorable Mention:

Braxston Cave

C, Notre Dave Fighting Irish
6’3, 303 lbs.

Braxston Cave’s 520-pound bench press is beastly, making him one of the strongest offensive linemen in the country. Cave didn’t live up to his full potential last season but is looking to be the lead anchor for the Fighting Irish offensive line.

List adapted from Bruce Feldman’s “Top 10 strongest men in college football” article in ESPN Insider:


Who is the strongest college football player? ›

Mazi Smith, Michigan, defensive tackle. His former teammate, Aidan Hutchinson, almost was our top guy in 2021, but this year a Wolverine is the No. 1 Freak in college football. The 6-foot-3, 337-pound senior has rare power and agility.

Who squats the most in college football? ›

Beyond the current crop of studs is ex-Wisconsin OL Travis Frederick who reportedly broke a school record by managing a beastly 770-pound squat.

Who can squat the most in the NFL? ›

Nick Chubb is one of the NFL's most bruising power backs, and in case you need a reminder that he's a freak of nature, please enjoy this video of him squatting 565 pounds. The media could not be played.

How much can a football player bench press? ›

The average footballer is capable of benching 225 pounds and even more. Although more reps improve draft stock, especially for offensive and defensive linemen, the NFL has a baseline for different players by their position on the gridiron.

Who is the strongest footballer right now? ›

1. Adebayo Akinfenwa The strongest footballer and the top person on the list of the top 10 strongest footballers in the world in 2022 is Adebayo Akinfenwa. Although he is not a famous striker, he remains one of the deadliest nightmares of defenders.

Who is No 1 in college football? ›


How much should a 14 year old bench? ›

The average bench for male 14 year olds is 1.0 times bodyweight. The average bench strength of 14 year old females is 0.7 times bodyweight.

How much can a 14 year old squat? ›

The average squat for male 14 year olds is 1.5 times bodyweight. The average squat strength of 14 year old females is 1.3 times bodyweight.

Who is the Power 5 in college football? ›

However, five of the six former AQ conferences are now known as the "Power Five conferences": the Big Ten Conference, the Big 12 Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Pac-12 Conference, and the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Who has the strongest bench in the NFL? ›

Justin Ernest, Eastern Kentucky, DT: In 1999, Ernest completed 51 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, which remains the most of all time.

Who is the fastest NFL player now? ›

Fastest NFL Players
1Kenneth Walker74-yard rushing TD
2Breece Hall62-yard rushing TD
3Dalvin Cook81-yard rushing TD
4Devin Duvernay103-yard kickoff return TD
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Who is the loudest team in the NFL? ›

Finally, the very loudest of all NFL stadiums to date is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. Located right in Kansas City, Mo., Arrowhead holds a total capacity of about 77,000 spectators.

How much should a d1 football player bench? ›

Bench: 320 lbs. Squat: 450 lbs.

Is 225 a respectable bench? ›

A 225 pound bench press is considered impressive even among the average weightlifting population, and as such the average sedentary male is unlikely to even come close to being able to lift such an amount.

Who has the lowest bench press in the NFL? ›

The worst bench press in the history of the NFL Scout Combine belongs to former Redskins cornerback and Love Boater Fred Smoot. It was reported that Smoot only managed one rep of 225 pounds during the combine's bench-press test, making him the weakest athlete in combine history.

Who is the skillful footballer in the world 2022? ›

1. Lionel Messi (PSG)

Who is the No 1 player in football now? ›

#1. Lionel Messi (PSG & Argentina) (Total Football Goals: 798)

Who is the king of skills in football now? ›

Who is the king of football now 2022? Lionel Messi is the holder of the title 'King of football. ' He is best known for his dribbling skills, tricks on the field, impossible goals, and never-ending determination to win the game.

Who has the best college football fans? ›

The biggest fanbase in college football resides in Columbus, Ohio. Altimore estimates that Ohio State has 11.26 million fans in all. The Buckeyes are the only team with an eight-figure fanbase in his findings. Notre Dame ranks second with over 8 million fans.

Who are the top 4 in college football? ›

Top four CFP teams of fourth CFP poll
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Who is the top 5 college football teams of all time? ›

  • Nebraska (1971) Many consider the 1971 version of the Cornhuskers the best college football team ever, and we can't find any reason to disagree. ...
  • USC (1972) ...
  • Nebraska (1995) ...
  • Army (1945) ...
  • Miami (2001) ...
  • Michigan (1947) ...
  • Notre Dame (1947) ...
  • Oklahoma (1956)

Is it OK to lift weights at 14? ›

Overall, strength training is safe for teens. The rate of injuries is low, with the most common injuries related to inadequate supervision or instruction, using improper technique, or trying to lift too much weight.

Why is my bench so weak? ›

If you're weak off the chest in the bench press it's either because (1) you have weak contributing muscle groups, namely the pecs, or (2) you have inefficient technique, ranging from an inconsistent touch point, bringing the bar down to slow, lacking a bench press arch, or picking the wrong grip.

What age is safe to start lifting weights? ›

As early as age 7 or 8, however, strength training can become a valuable part of an overall fitness plan — as long as the child is mature enough to follow directions and able to practice proper technique and form.

Is it OK to deadlift at 15? ›

I would say around 15-18 years is when any individual can start lifting weights. Having said that, that doesn't mean just jumping into heavy squats and deadlifts. There is plenty that a kid, or new lifter should be focusing on that will lead to a great squat and deadlift.

Should a 13-year-old deadlift? ›

The average deadlift for a male 13-year-old is 1.6 times bodyweight. The average deadlift for a female 13-year-old is 1.5 times bodyweight. Depending on the weight class, deadlifts will range from 97kg to 158kg for men and 72kg to 110kg for women.

Why is my squat so weak? ›

Answer: Being weak at the bottom of the squat (or right after a good bounce from the bottom, several inches above) is normal. Why? Because this is the strength curve; the weight is HEAVIER at the bottom than the top.

How much do Power 5 refs make? ›

College football refs make between $11,000 and $300,000 per year. Newer officials in the power conferences can take home around $800 per game.

What is a Power 5 athlete? ›

The SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC, dubbed the "Power 5," are considered to be the best college football conferences — and for good reason. Time and time again, athletes from these conferences consistently perform at the highest level by the time they reach the NFL Draft.

What is the Big 5 in football? ›

The Big Five represent the strongest football leagues in Europe, consisting of the Premier League in England, the Bundesliga in Germany, La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy, and Ligue 1 in France.

Who can bench the most? ›

As of 2021, the world record bench press without any equipment ('raw') was set by American Julius Maddox at 355 kg (782 lb) surpassing his previous record of 349 kg (770 lb).

Who has the highest bench ever? ›

Jimmy Kolb Sets New Equipped Bench Press All-Time World Record ​With 1,320LBS.

What's the most ever benched? ›

The heaviest bench press in a single lift is 401.5 kg (885 lbs 2 oz) achieved by Blaine Sumner (b.

Who is the fastest QB right now? ›

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1Marcus Mariota4.5
2Tyrod Taylor4.61
3Russell Wilson4.63
4Geno Smith4.63
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Who is the fastest in football history? ›

Real Madrid speedster Gareth Bale has record the fastest sprint in football ever clocking 39.9 km / h against Villareal in 2013.

Who is the fastest college football player 2022? ›

Mitchell's 22.6 mph matches the top speed he reached during the 2021 season opener against Appalachian State, when he scored on a 63-yard reception and outran multiple players down the sideline.

What NFL team has the best fans? ›

The Top Five
  • A Green Bay Packers fan base leads all NFL fan bases as of 2022, followed by the Patriots, Cowboys, the Eagles, and a Steeler fan base. ...
  • The Patriots finish number 2. ...
  • With a top 5 price point and strong demand, the Eagles perform exceptionally on Fan Equity. ...
  • Fifth place goes to the Steelers.
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Who has the loudest crowd in college football? ›

Neyland Stadium wasn't the loudest college football game ever, but it was pretty close, the News Sentinel reported. The Seattle Times reported that the highest decibel level ever record at a college football game was 133.6 decibels played at the University of Washington at Husky Stadium in 1992.

Who has the loudest fans in football? ›

Signal Iduna Park – Borussia Dortmund – Germany

The greatest atmosphere in Europe belongs to Borussia Dortmund. During Bundesliga matches, the Signal Iduna Park can fit more than 80,000 fans inside. The "Yellow Wall" behind the goal can hold 25,000 supporters and is the largest free-standing grandstand in Europe.

Is 300 a good bench? ›

A 300-pound bench is decent, but there's no way it's that rare of a feat.

How hard is d1 football? ›

The chances of receiving a division one football scholarships are very remote. There are only about 125 division one programs, and each has 85 scholarships. That means there are roughly 10,000 scholarship division one football players out there. With roughly 1.5 million high school players, the odds are less than 1%.

Who holds the record for heaviest squat? ›

Ray Orlando Williams (born 1986) is an American powerlifter, who currently holds the world record for the heaviest drug-tested, raw (unassisted/assisted) squat at 490 kg (1,080 lb).

How rare is a 315 bench? ›

Female Standards
Odds of being able to perform the liftBench PressCurl
One on the planet400150
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Can you bench 315 naturally? ›

As someone who has hit both of those metrics, yes it's absolutely possible, and without supplements as well. Ive done this at a fairly soft 260, but i would imagine with the right focus, 225 could get it done. At 260, I've hit 225 for 37, 315 for 16, and 405 for 5.

How heavy is 2 plates bench? ›

Being able to lift “two plates” in the bench press is one of the most common strength training goals for men. It refers to using two 45 lb (or 20 kg) plates per side, including the 45 lb barbell, which adds up to 225 lb, or 100 kg.

How much can Odell Beckham Jr bench? ›

Percentiles vs. Wide Receivers
3-Cone Drill6.69s89
20 Yard Shuttle3.94s97
60 Yard Shuttle10.93s93
Bench Press7 reps3
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Who benches 500 pounds in the NFL? ›

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald reveals that he bench presses a whopping 500 pounds and he lives by the wise words of his father.

Who is the biggest guy in college football? ›

Minnesota offensive lineman Daniel Faalele is still learning football, but at 6'9" and 400 pounds, this Australian import is ready to dominate the Big Ten and soon the NFL.

Who are the strongest people on a football team? ›

Ten Strongest NFL Players In The World
NameCurrent Team
1. Aaron DonaldLos Angeles Rams
2. Adrian PetersonDetroit Lions
3. Bobby WagnerSeattle Seahawks
4. Connor BarwinPhiladelphia Eagles
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Who benches most in NFL? ›

Justin Ernest, Eastern Kentucky, DT: In 1999, Ernest completed 51 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, which remains the most of all time.

Who is the king of skill football? ›

Leo Messi is definitely the king of football skills.

Who is the legendary player in football? ›

Pele | Brazil

Regarded as the king of Football, Pele's exploits in international football are known to almost everyone. Pele is the only player in history to win three World Cups. He led the famous Brazilian national team to triumph in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

Who is the handsome boy in football? ›

Neymar Jr. The renowned PSG winger Neymar Junior is a global masterpiece when it comes to rating the most handsome soccer players. Not only is he said to be handsome, but he is also the most stylish soccer player ever known. Even more interesting, he has been a brand endorser, modelling for various fashion brands.

Who is the fastest man in college football? ›

Former Chiefs and current Dolphins wide out Tyreek Hill has the fastest speed ever recorded by NFL NextGen Stats, reaching 23.24 miles per hour in 2016. Mitchell's 81-yard run accounted for 261 net rushing yards for the Pirates in the win over Old Dominion. It was the reigning 1,000-yard irst lengthy run of the season.

Who is the handsome man in football? ›

David Beckham

Even at the age of 46-years-old, Beckham still manages to leave his many fans wobbly at the knees.

Who is the strongest athlete? ›

Championship breakdown
YearWinnerThird place
2019Martins LicisHafþór Júlíus Björnsson
2018Hafþór Júlíus BjörnssonBrian Shaw
2017Eddie HallBrian Shaw
2016Brian Shaw (4)Eddie Hall
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Which person is the strongest? ›

Many experts consider Savickas one of the greatest strongman competitors of all time. He is the only modern strongman competitor to have won every major strongman competition, including The World's Strongest Man four times!

Who is the fastest NFL player? ›

Kenneth Walker

What is the weakest bench in the NFL? ›

The worst bench press in the history of the NFL Scout Combine belongs to former Redskins cornerback and Love Boater Fred Smoot. It was reported that Smoot only managed one rep of 225 pounds during the combine's bench-press test, making him the weakest athlete in combine history.

Who benched the most ever? ›

Jimmy Kolb Bench Presses 1,320lbs For All Time World Record - SET FOR SET.


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