To Kentavius Street, a rep’s a rep, even when there are 700 pounds on the bar.
The N.C. State senior defensive tackle is nonplussed by the reaction to his video from last month, since gone viral, of a 700-pound squat in the Murphy Center weight room.
“I honestly didn’t feel like it was that big of a deal,” Street said. “It was just a rep.”
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Street, who’s 6-2 and 280 pounds, said fellow defensive tackle Justin Jones can squat 650 pounds. He rattled off a bunch of names of teammates who hit the weight room hard this off-season under the tutelage of strength coach Dantonio “Thunder” Burnette.
“Don’t look at me as just an outlier, we’re very strong as a team,” Street said.
But Street was the only one with a video clip to make ESPN and burn up Snapchat and other social media sites.
“It was really humbling; I’m happy that it got out there like that,” Street said.
A scary thought is both Burnette and Street said they believe Street could actually squat a heavier weight. Street can bench press 475 pounds and has a 40-inch vertical leap. He checked in at No. 3 on Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman’s annual list of “college football freaks.”
“I feel like I didn’t even squat, the people around me squatted it,” Street said. “It was just that great of an environment.”
Street’s feat of strength has given him a newfound fame, replacing a moment from the 2016 season he’d like back. He recorded the first sack of his career in the season-opening win over William & Mary but received a 15-yard celebration penalty for taking off his helmet while still on the field.
“I was just in the moment, I guess, and I pulled it off and I was enjoying Carter-Finley,” Street said.
Street finished the season with 5.5 sacks, and no more celebration penalties, but he still gets a hard time from his teammates for the ultimately harmless mental error.
“I still here about now from my teammates,” Street said. “It won’t happen again, I promise.”
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