Tyler Legacy football team smiling for camera

For many student athletes summer is not a three-month break, but an opportunity to improve their skills and become better competitors.

Tyler Legacy Football proved this last week by competing in the Lineman Challenge at the Tyler Legacy indoor facility. Football players from across East Texas came to compete in events such as the overhead tire throw, bench press, heavy sled push, powerdrive, obstacle course, DB stack, tire flip pendulum, farmers walk, and tug of war.

“In the summer you have the 7v7 tournament for the skill players and for the linemen we have these challenges,” said Alan Copeland, Tyler Legacy’s offensive line coach. “The lineman challenge is a great way for our guys to compete against others and build a bond leading up to the football season. We believe this is a great way to create unity and pride with each other and we love any time they can compete against other schools.”

Legacy’s team included Somadina Owuzurumba, Jordan Renaud, Rodney Harden, Ky Cole, Kameron Jones, Ja’Tavian Hall, Alejandro Salgadgo, Jaylen Dail, Davis Wells, Jaleel Nauls, Eric Miller, Cash Acker, and Jadaelyn Jackson.

The Red Raiders’ four-star defensive lineman Jordan Renaud recorded a notable 23 reps on the bench press. At the end of the competition, Tyler Legacy earned 64 points in the Division 1 competition and a second-place finish to qualify for state. 

Tyler Legacy’s JV team earned 54 points in the Division 2 competition and team members included Khalil Tutt, Braylon Fields, Jaydon McAdams, Nathan Powers, Matthew Saul, Asher Novelo, Lazarus Ervin, Adam Hunter, Isaac Rivers, and Jordan Harris.

The State Lineman Challenge will be held at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX on June 25th at 9:00 a.m. 

Events will include the kneeling medicine ball throw, farmers walk, dumbbell stack relay, tire flip medley relay, powerdrive race, sled relay, obstacle course, bench press for reps (185 lbs. and 225 lbs.), monster sled, and tug of war tournament. 

We are proud of our student athletes for putting in the work this summer to have a successful school year. Good luck to the Tyler Legacy football players competing in the State Linemen Challenge this weekend!