McCoy Setting Pace In The Weight RoomJuly 18th, 2013
Bucs rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence, a projected starter by the New Schiano Order, entered the NFL as a workout warrior and a former champion competitive weightlifter. Spence is a chiseled 300-pounder, almost like a 6-1 lineman version of Doug Martin, so it’s safe to say Spence loves the gym.
So it was notable that Spence said today that he’s crafting his weight room work ethic by emulating Gerald McCoy.
“We can’t slack. I like to think of it like college. We pad-clean, we lift, we come out here and we run; we get it. You know what I’m saying. And I see Gerald [McCoy] in there working on off days and I say, ‘Hey, I gotta do what he do.'” Spence said. “You know what I’m saying. I wanna be where he at. So I’m trying to stay up.”
Doing a little more digging today, Joe learned that McCoy has, in fact, taken his body to new heights and is blowing the minds of Bucs officials with his intensity and drive following his Pro Bowl appearance.
As Bryan Cox explained this spring, McCoy may be a Pro Bowl player, but his task is much greater. He’s got to “bring some guys with him.”