Pelzel works out with the big boys at Florida camp

Tiger lineman second in bench press among country’s elite


Josh Pelzel has already been offered a scholarship to play football at Rice. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Josh Pelzel has already been offered a scholarship to play football at Rice. Reporter/Bill Martin FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Rockdale’s Josh Pelzel had an opportunity to see where he stood among the country’s elite players as he attended the Under Armour Underclassmen Combine, Jan. 1-3 at Tropicana Field.

The Tiger s ’ 6 - foot- 6, 324-pound lineman joined 164 of the best underclassmen at the annual camp that includes all positions.

According to coaches, this year’s crop of talent was one of the deepest groups in the history of the event. While it’s normally stacked with high-end FBS talent, this year’s group was particularly impressive.

Prospects were tested in a variety of ways, including 40-yard dash (straight line speed), vertical (explosiveness), pro agility shuttle (quickness, lateral quickness and change of direction), L-cone (change of direction, quickness), broad jump (explosiveness, athleticism), the bench press (strength) and the vertical leap (explosiveness, athleticism). They also participated in position drills and one-on-ones.

Pelzel finished first amongst linemen and second overall in the bench press, pumping 185 pounds, 24 times. Only 5-foot-9, 200-pound running back Adam Choice of Thomas County, GA did more (25). Among linemen, Pelzel’s times and measurements were near the top.

Pelzel has been named one of the top 100 juniors in the state by Texas Football and was the 6th ranked lineman by Old Coach.

Pelzel—first-team all-district— has already been offered a scholarship by Rice.


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