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Mike Trout can jump really really really high (Video)

Mike Trout jumpMike Trout is a supreme athlete. You already knew that. But it’s still pretty awesome to watch some of his athletic feats, such as him doing a ridiculous plyometric box jump during a recent workout.

Trouty posted the video to his Instagram page on Wednesday and added that there were only 42 days until spring training begins. Think he’s ready for another big season? I’d say so.

Trout is listed at 6-foot-1. The box looked like it came up to the middle of his pecs. Knocking about 18 inches off Trout’s 73 inches in height, and I’d peg that at somewhere between a 55-60″ clearance jump.

If you thought that was impressive — and it surely was — then you have to see this video of ex-Pro Bowl DB Adrian Wilson doing a 66-inch jump.

Guy Dupuy Dunk Over a Car (Video)

When Blake Griffin won the Slam Dunk contest (that was possibly fixed) with a dunk over a car, people complained that he only jumped over the hood. That was an understandable complaint given what we’ve seen other athletes do. And watching And1 baller Guy Dupuy dunk over a car via Hot Clicks shows us what it really should look like:

If the dunker is in danger of not making it over the car then you know you’re doing it right. That was close which is what made it awesome.

Blake Griffin Makes Reverse Alley-Oop Dunk Look Easy (Video)

Nothing surprises us at this point when it comes to Blake Griffin and freak athleticism.  His dunking abilities are going to make for a long career of sports blogs being filled with videos that worship his talent.  I’m not trying to beat a dead horse here, but do people actually appreciate how easy he makes it look?  How many times have you seen a reverse alley-oop dunk during a game?  Personally, I can’t think of one.  Griffin has already mastered the traditional alley-oop, so he decided to create a bit of a challenge for himself on Saturday night — if you even want to call it that.

If this kid doesn’t win the Slam Dunk Contest I’ll be stunned.  He comes up with new dunks on a regular basis and busts them out during actual games.  For Blake Griffin, the regular season is one long dunk competition.  Thanks to The Big Lead for the video.

High Schooler Marky Thompkins Hurdles an Upright Defender (Video)

It appears we’re in the midst of a freak athleticism epidemic across the nation, particularly with regard to football players hurdling defenders.  Looks like the hurdle is starting to become as common as the spin move.  A little over a week ago we showed you a Kentucky recruit leap clean over a defender who was standing on both feet waiting to make a tackle.  On Saturday, South Carolina running back Brian Maddox did the same and kicked the defender in the head in the process.

It’s instances like the Maddox hurdle that have led to the acrobatic maneuver being deemed an illegal one in many high school conferences.  While the play may not have stood, because rules prevent a runner from hurdling a player who has one or two feet on the ground under OHSAA regulations, East Liverpool High School’s Marky Thompkins hurdle video is still amazing to watch.  Check it out:

H/T to Deadspin for the video

Brian Maddox Hurdles Defender, Steps on His Head (Video)

We’re big fans of freaky athletic plays here at LBS. Luckily for us, with like a hundred games being played on Saturdays, we generally get to see quite a few special plays be made. Brian Maddox’s incredible hurdle for South Carolina certainly qualifies. The senior running back caught a pass and proceeded to jump over a defender, getting so high he kicked the Auburn guy in the head. Check out the Brian Maddox hurdle video:

Let’s hope #22 didn’t suffer any facial injuries after taking that cleat to the grill. Yikes.

Hurdling a Defender 101

It’s been quite a while since we’ve hit you with some freak athleticism here on LBS, but this video almost makes it worth the wait.  Jumping over a defender can be dangerous and is usually not something that’s encouraged by a head coach, but when you can jump this high I say go for it.  Scope this video of Kentucky recruit Ashley Lowery hurdling a defender, courtesy of Sports Crackle Pop:

Lowery looks like Nate Robinson dunking over Dwight Howard.  The d-back was pretty much standing completely upright.  Maybe Calipari should consider getting in on the recruitment of this guy.

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Ashley Lowery shows us how to hurdle a defensive back [Sports Crackle Pop]
Video Credit: YouTube user cj77bibby10

Ravens Lineman Goalpost Dunk FAIL

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Joe Reitz played college basketball at Western Michigan.  He’s put on about 60 pounds since his college days, and I think it’s safe to say he’s lost some of his vertical as a result.  We see football players dunk the ball over the goalpost all the time to celebrate a touchdown.  Rarely do we see a player get rejected attempting it.  That’s what preseason football is for.  If you can’t see the irony in why I tagged this under our freak athleticism videos then, frankly, you need to read more LBS.  Here’s the Joe Reitz goalpost dunk fail video:

Video Credit: YouTube user ch0c0ch1pz