The Texas Longhorns harbor BCS aspirations this season following a few down years. Mack Brown and Co. will head to Provo, Utah this weekend to face an always-tough BYU team on the road to redemption.
The Cougars play at 4,630 feet above sea level. In order to prepare, Texas players spent the summer working out in the “elevation masks” we can see in the photo above.
They look like something directly out of Bane’s wardrobe.
Junior defensive end Cedric Reed was tight lipped when asked about the “secret weapons”:
“The masks? Uh, I can’t really comment on those man,” the Texas defensive end said Monday. “They definitely helped. I can’t really comment much on them, though. Secret weapon. That’s classified right there.”
Reed’s teammate along the defensive line, Jackson Jeffcoat, was a bit more forthcoming:
“We wore them to make sure we were in shape,” Jeffcoat said. “They were the kind of thing that teaches us how to breathe with limited oxygen, because it was cut off.”
Sold by a company called Training Mask, these are basically deconstructed gas masks. Made of silicone, they are specifically designed to reduce air flow, thus mimicking the thin air Texas will be experiencing out in Utah.
It looks like an excellent way to prepare and now all the Horns have to do is go out there and win – no easy task as coach Bronco Mendenhall has won roughly 85-percent of his home games since taking over as head coach.
Interestingly, BYU has already prepared a response to seeing the Longhorns’ nontraditional training method.