Bryce Dobbs, a senior at Queen Creek High School and member of its varsity football and track teams, has been awarded the 2015 All-American Athlete Award. The honor is presented by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and EAS Sports Nutrition to recognize the athlete’s accomplishments and dedication to strength and conditioning, according to a press release.
Dobbs was nominated by Mark Swartz, the high school’s assistant football coach, according to the release.
Dobbs said during a phone interview that he did not realize he had been nominated until he received a text from a former coach.
“It came as a surprise,” Dobbs said. “I received a text from one of my former football coaches congratulating me and I had no clue what he was talking about. I was pretty excited when I got it.”
Dobbs said he puts a lot of effort into his strength-training and conditioning, which consists primarily of weight-training. Mondays and Thursdays are usually reserved for lower body workouts, while Tuesdays and Fridays focus on upper body movements, he said. He allows his body to rest on Wednesdays, he said.
The physical workouts have given him a confidence boost, he said.
“They make you feel really good about yourself,” he said. “And a lot of my workout movements transfer to the football field.”
One example is the hang-clean, where he swings a barbell in a straight upwards movement from his knees; it builds an explosive power, he said.
Dobbs has a one-year football scholarship to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, he said. He plans to study mechanical engineering, he said.
Coach Swartz said Dobbs is a stand-out athlete, he said during a phone interview.
“He has a high grade-point average, is a multi-sport athlete and he’s just a super kid who’d do anything you’d ask,” Coach Swartz said.
Coach Swartz said Dobbs took advantage of some after-school programs that have helped him to excel. One was following a nutrition plan that helped Dobbs become stronger, quicker and more powerful.
Dobb’s father, David, said he and his wife, Sharon, are very proud of their son.
“In every practice, he gives it his all. Whether you are watching or not, he’s always giving 100 percent,” he said during a phone interview. “He’s a joy to have. We feel very lucky.”
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