College football’s biomechanics brain transformed Will Levis’ throwing movement

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Will Levis - Kentucky - QB

(Photo by Rich Graessle / Getty Images)

Bruce Feldman throws gasoline on the fire of the Kentucky quarterback competition. Since there weren’t enough reasons for the BBN to be excited about Liam Coen’s first season as the Wildcats offensive coordinator, the nation’s top college football writer wrote an article describing the transformation of a year of transfer from Penn State with one of the best experts in sports biomechanics. There’s a lot going on for the rest of the story, but in short, Will Levis should be good at throwing a soccer ball this fall.

When Levis first entered the transfer portal and became an option in Kentucky, fans loved the strength in his arms. “The Penn State backup” doesn’t seem like an attractive potential quarterback, especially after the Cats knocked out Levis’s team in the Citrus Bowl just three years ago. Much of that hesitation was quickly dispelled with a video.

Arm strength has never been a problem for Lévis. The problem was the precision behind that big arm. This is something that Nittany Lions offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca had previously encountered in Minnesota with Kentucky native Tanner Morgan.

Barely a 58% passer in his first season as the Golden Gophers senior quarterback, Morgan completed 66% of his passes the following season for over 3,000 yards, leading Minnesota into the top 10. The Brain Behind this improvement was Canadian expert in biomechanics Rob Williams.

In 2020, Ciarrocca recommended Levis to Williams. Over the past year, Levis has worked remotely with Williams, exchanging video footage to shatter the gaps in Levis’s throwing movement in order to make him a more precise passer. Williams compared Levis to a muscle car that had a lot of power, but needed fine tuning of its suspension, steering and brakes. The British quarterback can feel the difference with each of his passes.

“I really think there’s more jumping to that,” Levis said of his throws. “I can tell from the feel and the results with the efficiency of this one and that he definitely got even more speed and acceleration than before.

“I had a strong arm, but I was relying on my arm. I had a solid base and I’m strong throughout my body, but it was about using that strength and translating it into the throw as well, and bringing the core, bringing the legs into it all for him. bring even more power. , more strength. Previously there were certain types of throws, whether moving, rolling, when moving in the pocket, that were pretty much all arms. Rather than knowing it this way, even with a limited space that you might have, being able to use your lower body and the rest of your body to help you as much as possible in the throw.

In the profile of Athletic, Feldman goes into detail to explain exactly how Williams made slight changes to Levis’ throwing movement. Instead of throwing a traditionally taught upright stance, the kinesiology expert shifted Levis’s hips to look more like a golfer’s stance, providing more torque and precision.

The science of biomechanics can be difficult to understand, especially when it comes to the complicated throwing movement of a quarterback. In short, Levis has been reprogrammed by the best in the business, preparing the quarterback to be at his best for the challenge of getting the Wildcats’ stagnant airstrike off the ground.

[The Athletic]

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