A few minutes with UT strength coach Jeff Madden

What do you see as your job's objective?

Jeff Madden: To get athletes bigger, faster, stronger and in tremendous condition to win games.

Can you expound a little bit on the philosophy behind that?

JM: My theory is explosive power is the linkage of speed and strength. Trying to get our athletes in tremendous shape, keeping them healthy and working them as hard as we possibly can to get them tough and durable and physical and go out and win games.

What do you tell the freshmen the first time you meet them?

JM: The first time I meet freshmen is during recruiting, and I talk to them and tell them about our program and the things that we do and what is expected from them if they want to come to the University of Texas.

What's expected from them if they come to Texas?

JM: We expect them to give their best effort each and every day and try to be the best athlete they can be.

When's the busiest time of the year for you?

JM: Summertime.

What's a typical week for you during the summer?

JM: Well, we started at 6 a.m. this morning with our first group and then we've got three groups scheduled for the rest of the day that we're available for. Then we go all afternoon and we've had camps. We've had about 2,000 kids come through Texas that past two weeks for camps and we coach them all night. So it's a pretty active time.

So what's a week during the season like?

JM: It's the same deal. We'll start at the 6 a.m. hour with our first group, and we're usually done by 6 p.m.

So what about this profession made you want to be a strength coach?

JM: I've been strength and conditioning coach for 28 years. So, I started a long time ago. The kids keep you young. I saw a job where I could still wear my shorts and T-shirts and work out and enjoy life and still call it a career. And then when I found out you can help young men and women to develop themselves and become the best they can be -- I learned that from my strength coach -- I was able to luckily get into this profession.

What players have set the bar highest for you as a coach?

JM: Well, David, I've got over 200 NFL players, so there's some tremendous athletes in there. Guys that have won the Heisman, guys that were runners-up for the Heisman, guys that have won the Butkus Awards from the Ricky Williams to Eric Bieniemy at Colorado to Cory Redding, Alfred Williams. I got guys that are going in the Hall of Fame. Those guys have set tremendous, high bars for others to acheive from Casey Hampton to Shaun Rogers. There's just so many -- Roy Williams -- I've coached in this profession.