ATHENS - Mark Hocke, Georgia's new strength and conditioning coordinator, has already made one major change in the weight room: The music.
"With coach T we used to have country music Fridays, which not everyone was a fan of," said senior offensive tackle John Theus, referring to former strength coach Joe Tereshinski. "We got coach Hocke to do that for like half a workout, and then it was like four or five songs before he changed it."
Which is strange, considering Hocke was hired away from Alabama, and went to high school and college in New Orleans.
"I'm confused as to what coach Hocke is," Theus said. "He's from Louisiana, he coached at Alabama, but he talks like he's from Jersey."
Hocke, who spent the past six years on Alabama's strength staff, has not been made available to the media yet to explain his philosophy. But a bit of it was gleaned from two player interviews on Wednesday. And it involves more than music.
Jordan Jenkins, the senior outside linebacker, estimated he's at around 13 percent body fat, after being measured at 14.8. He's also added about six pounds, up to 251.
"It's just healthier weight that's on me now," Jenkins said.
Last year a big emphasis on defense was dropping weight, in order for players to substitute more freely and play faster against up-tempo offenses. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who spearheaded that emphasis, also hasn't spoken to the media yet this offseason, but Jenkins indicated that the emphasis this offseason is slightly different. Not changed, but perhaps just advanced.
"We have the depth now where we can put people where they want to be put, and now that we've had a full season in the system, I feel like certain guys might gain muscle weight," Jenkins said. "Like I've been dropping down the fat weight."
Hocke has also emphasized a different approach to workouts, according to Theus, comparing them to games.
"I think there's been a lot more accountability and discipline instilled in us, a lot more being taught how to be a leader, being taught how to calculate an attitude, as coach Hocke calls it," Theus said. "Looking at a workout like you go into a game. When you go into a game you calculate that attitude and you go bust your behind in the game. You do the same thing in the workout."
Jenkins seems to like it.
"Lifting weights is fun again," he said. "It's back to high school, doing a lot of the Olympic stuff I did with my old strength coach. It's putting on heavy weight, getting under it. it's not heavy weight high reps. It's moderate stuff, it's plausible things, it's smart lifting what we're doing. It's getting fun again, lifting weights."