Exploder: Top Verticals and Power Toss from LMFR Combine

There’s a lot of crossover between the top performers in the vertical leap and power ball toss from The Lake’s spring combine. Two of the most versatile athletes at the combine were Ian VanDenBerg, a 6-1, 185 RB/WR from Paw Paw, and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen. VanDenBerg was second in both the vertical leap and power ball toss, after being mentioned previously for his 4.5 40 time. Wyoming junior Michael Williams had the top vertical leap, 35 1/2″ inches, after posting the fastest 40 time of 4.44 seconds.

Montague’s Jacob Buchberger will be a three-year, two-way starter for Montague who ran for 10 TDs in five games as a junior. Buchberger was in the top 10 in both as was another from a Divisoin 5 school, Grand Rapids West Catholic sophomore David Fox who was a two-way standout (and punter) for the state champions.

Brent Murray, a 5-11, 194 junior from Petoskey, had some monster games running the ball for the Northmen last fall. He was first in the power ball with a toss of 44 feet and third with a vertical leap of 34 3/4″. More powerful than quick so projects as a middle linebacker or fullback, but Murray did have his moments in pass coverage in one-on-one reps. Anthony Hum, an Alma sophomore, was one of the camp’s to underclassman performers, with a top 10 showing in both.

LMFR Combine Top 10 Standing Vertical Leap:

  • 35 1/2″ Michael Williams  5-8  165  Jr  WR/DB  Wyoming
  • 35″  Ian VanDenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  RB/WR  Paw Paw
  • 34 3/4″  Brent Murray  5-11  194  Jr  RB/LB  Petoskey
  • 33 1/3″  David Fox  6-1  201  So  DB/QB  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • 33 1/2″  Walker Christoffersen  5-9  165  So  ATH  Muskegon Catholic Central
  • 33″  Christopher Chin  5-10  190  So  RB/LB  Byron Center
  • 32 3/4″ Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  WR/TE  East Grand Rapids
  • 31 1/2″ Shane Foster  6-1  205  Jr  ATH  Gaylord
  • 31 3/4″  Anthony Humm  6-0  170  So  RB/DB  Alma
  • 31 1/2″ Jacob Buchberger  6-1  186  Jr  QB/WR  Montague
  • 31 1/2″  Jordan Gamage  5-11  165  Jr  Sterling Heights

LMFR Combine Top 10 Power Ball Toss:

  • 44’0  Brent Murray  5-11  194  Jr  RB/LB  Petoskey
  • 42’6  Ian VanDenBerg  6-1  185  Jr  RB/WR  Paw Paw
  • 41’2  Taylor Woodwyk  6-1  235  Jr  DL  Hudsonville
  • 39’5  Jacob Buchberger  6-1  185  Jr  QB/WR  Montague
  • 39’5  Jake Boonstra  6-3  285  Jr  OL  Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
  • 39’4  Sam Matthews  6-2  180  Jr  WR/TE  East Grand Rapids
  • 39’0  Anthony Humm  6-0  170  So  RB/DB  Alma
  • 38’7  Clay Coltson  6-1  180  Jr  QB  Hastings
  • 38’5  David Fox  6-1  201  So  DB/QB  Grand Rapids West Catholic
  • 38’2  Bryce Henkey  6-0  180  RB/DB  East Grand Rapids
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