USC offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees, a 2023 NFL Draft prospect, He reportedly suffered a torn ACL during last weekend’s NFL combine. The injury could force Vorhees to miss his rookie season in the NFL.
While a torn ACL would normally end a player’s combine workouts, that was not the case for Vorhees. After the injury, he set the record for bench press repetitions, doing 38 repetitions at 225 pounds, while using only one leg.
Vorhees’ performance went viral on social media, especially after no other combine participant could top his bench press total.
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Vorhees was a key part of an offensive line that blocked for 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams. In fact, he watched Williams accept the award in person after the quarterback arranged for the entire position group to attend the Heisman ceremony.
Several of Vorhees’ former Trojans coaches, including Lincoln Riley, praised the lineman on Twitter after his feat.
Vorhees missed the 2022 Pac-12 Championship Game and the 2023 Cotton Bowl with an unspecified injury, the severity of which was never fully disclosed. Riley often alluded publicly to Vorhees playing hurt during the second half of last season and did so again Tuesday.
FOX Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt also discussed Vorhees’ injury on the latest episode of “The Joel Klatt Show,” using Vorhees’ unfortunate setback as an example of why he despises the combine.
“It makes me sick to my stomach when I see guys doing things that have no translation to what they’re going to do on the football field, and then they get hurt,” Klatt said. “I mean, I can’t stand us switching to linemen for some of these drills [like the 40-yard dash] that frankly doesn’t translate at all, and then we end up seeing an injury.”
Still, Klatt gave credit to Vorhees for coming back and excelling in the bench press.
“What do you think, this?” Klatt said. “Good for Andrew Vorhees.”
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