Local college football player’s bench pressing video goes viral

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 00:35:00-04

HOLLADAY, Utah -- Last month, John Madsen Performance took a video of sophomore linebacker Karsen Liljenquist bench-pressing 225 pounds 38 times, which has now gone viral.

The Utah transfer repped more than any of the 2016 NFL Combine athletes, even big name pro-ballers like JJ Watt.

“I didn't think that it was a big deal, yeah I was happy I did it, but I still think I can do more,” Liljenquist said.

On Tuesday, John Madsen has his trainees working out legs. Liljenquist squatted 445lbs twice.

"It's rare that you get, especially a young college kid, to be that strong. It's not normal. It's been fun training him," said gym owner and trainer John Madsen.

Liljenquist has wanted to play professionally since he was 10 years old, and made the decision to transfer from Weber State to Utah hoping a D1 school would give him the recognition and opportunity he needs.

“Not very many kids get drafted out of Weber because it's a smaller school, but it would be pretty amazing if I could do that," Liljenquist said.

Liljenquist won’t be on the field this season, he’ll have to take a year off of playtime to learn the ways of Utes Head Coach Kyle Whittingham.