Nate Hoff Named To Sports Illustrated's "Freaks List"

Sam Beishuizen, Staff Writer
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Stories about Nate Hoff's weight room habits are spreading.

Hoff, a rising redshirt senior, was listed at No. 30 on Sports Illustrated's "Freaks List." A total of 40 players earned a spot on what is a group of ridiculous athletes across college football.

Hoff, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound redshirt senior defensive tackle, squads 700 pounds and can bench 500. He also power cleans at 400 pounds.

That combination of strength and size makes him difficult to move.

"There's not many guys like Nate Hoff," former Hoosier center Wes Rogers said last year.

Bruce Feldman wrote that he also considered listing Hoosier running back Alex Rodriguez because of his 42.5-inch vertical, among other things. However, those who see Hoff in the IU weight room would probably agree with the pick.

"There's not a stronger player in college football," IU defensive line coach Mark Hagen said of Hoff last year.

As a redshirt junior, Hoff picked up 38 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for loss, a forced fumble and one blocked extra point. He started all 13 games.

That production was a significant jump after recording just four tackles as a sophomore. He picked up 3.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman.

A native of Solon, Ohio, Hoff went to Naval Academy Prep for high school. He is expected to remain a starter in his final season at IU.

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