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May 9, 2006
State College NIKE Camp: Top 20 SPARQ Ratings
Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly quarterback Joe Haden attended the NIKE Camp a year ago and posted an excellent 86.22 SPARQ Rating.
The 5-10 1/2, 189 pounder focused his training this entire spring to surpass that mark and challenge the all-time record of 112.42 set last year by Oregon State signee Tom Hansen.
Haden's training paid off, as he came oh-so-close to Hansen's mark, posting a 110.22 rating, the highest so far this year.
The only problem? Younger brother Josh Haden, a 5-7, 190 pounder, topped him with his own mark of 111.52!
Joe, who has over 20 scholarship offers from the likes of Georgia, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee, turned out the testing with a 4.51 40, a 4.25 shuttle, 40 reps on the bench and a 37.2-inch vertical jump.
Josh topped his big brother's mark barely, thanks mostly to his 45 reps on the bench press. Their other three marks were very similar, as Josh went 4.58 in the 40, an identical 4.25 in the shuttle and was slightly lower in the vertical at 36 inches even.
The Haden brothers showed that training for specific events can produce some big-time results on Saturday, and owe a lot of the credit to their father Joe Haden Sr., who is a personal trainer.
The two aren't just testing warriors though, because as mentioned before, Joe has 20+ offers coming off a junior season in which he was a second team all-state pick after passing for 1,959 yards and 22 TDs while rushing for 478 yards and six scores.
At the camp Haden listed Pitt, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Rutgers as some of his early favorites.
Younger brother Josh showed he'll be a name to watch also in 2005, when he rushed for 780 yards and led Friendly in tackles as a linebacker on defense.
*Taking the standard measurements of the football combine, the SPARQ Rating weighs and combines the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and bench press into a single number that measures an athlete's overall athleticism. Thus, football players can track the progress of their training, through occasional tests, and compare SPARQ Ratings with teammates, training partners and competitors.
To learn more about the SPARQ Rating, go to sparqtraining.com.
State College NIKE Camp Top 20 SPARQ Ratings
Note: Some players chose not to test or had their times or marks scratched from the records. The 40s were timed indoors on Fieldturf using electronic SPARQ Timing at the State College NIKE Camp.