Offseason All About “Explosion” For Marpet

July 29th, 2016


Today, Joe talked to guard Ali Marpet about how he attacked his No. 1 weakness this offseason.

Super hardcore Buccaneers fans know Marpet struggled with the speed of the game last season, from his personal speed to the speed of the game around. It’s not just Joe writing that, Marpet acknowledges it.

That’s no knock on Marpet. He had a great rookie year, a stunning one considering he is the highest-drafted player in Division III history.

Marpet explained that his free time this year was all about burst.

“Everything that you do you work on your first step. So it’s all first-step explosion. Physically, you work on the quickness, the short bursts,” Marpet said. “I’m not running 100 yard sprints anymore. I’m shortening everything way down. Mentally, the game comes with time. But even just now in camp it’s already slowed down a little bit. Having the same system is huge. Even going against Gerald [McCoy] is no longer as fast as it seemed before.

“I did a lot of [resistance] band stuff behind me when I trained in Atlanta with [speed and strength guru] Chip Smith, a lot of explosive work there, as well as a lot of great stuff here with the team,” Marpet said. “I’m feeling the benefits.”

Marpet told Joe his fitness goal for this season is 240 pounds of lean muscle mass. Additional weight, he said, 50 to 60 pounds, is gravy. Or perhaps Joe should say taco inhalation.


13 Responses to “Offseason All About “Explosion” For Marpet”

  1. Buccfan37 Says:

    One of my favorite Bucs players, from his journey here to the way he handles his achievement. Go Marpet!!

  2. flmike Says:

    Have to agree with 37 here, this kid is going to be a foundation piece of the Bucs O-line for the next decade.

  3. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Marpet is a beast. A great draft choice. Interested to see the camp battle between him and McCoy, as well as Smith vs. Spence.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I still think it is awesome he has Gruber’s number. It’s fitting.

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    I dont have a jersey (they’re so dang expensive and I dont have season tickets) but if the bucs do take off and Ali continues into becoming an elite player (which i believe he will) he’ll be on my top three list for jersey purchases. Love this guy

  6. DB55 Says:

    I hope he working out in front of a big Aaron Donald fathead. It’s payback time!

  7. Owlykat Says:

    Glad Marpet paid a strength and quickness guru to coach him on his own time. I am also glad we have an Asst. OL Coach to free up Warhop to concentrate on coaching blocking. Hopefully the Asst. can teach Marpet and Smith the art of pass blocking and also teach Sweezy when he is well enough. That is a key to getting to the playoffs this year!

  8. Buccaneers Says:

    Marpet easily is one of the funnest players to watch. He affects the game with violent blocking. Watching him destroy the Philly defenders was a great highlight.

    One thig i know about offensive lineman is they almost always get bettter in time. No doubt in my mind that he and Donavon Smith will be major factors for this team for years to come!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  9. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Owlykat go and watch Sweezy handle Aron Donald both games last season bro. Sweezy alot better than many here recognize.

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    The dude just LOOKS like a great football player…

  11. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Once the game slows down for him he is gonna be a str8 savage. There’s no doubt in my mind, he is easily the G with the most potential on this squad. Love his style of play. Not afraid to get nasty down in the trenches. We need more guys like Marpet.

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    So glad I had him on my wishlist.

  13. Rob in Land O' Lakes Says:

    Great to hear about his workout regimen. The absolute worst thing you can do with an offensive lineman is have him run distance. Everything is based on explosive strength and speed over short distances. His strength coach knows what he’s doing.