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The Opening: Day 2

Alt textSunday and Monday may have been all about the quarterback, but Tuesday allowed for every other position to strut its stuff in the final SPARQ tests of 2014.

After a timed 40-yard dash, agility shuttle, kneeling power ball toss, and vertical leap, it’s obvious there’s no shortage of raw talent in this year’s Opening class.

In addition to each test’s results, SPARQ ratings take the athlete’s height and weight into account. Of the 163 athletes participating in this year’s prelims, 52 attained scores of 100 or higher - with Kirk Merritt leading the charge at 147.60.

For a little perspective, most of the qualifying NFTCs only saw a handful of athletes hit 100+.

The Finals put the top 10 through a second round of tests in front of a much larger audience. Taj Griffin set the tone in two events with a 43.4” vertical and 4.34 40, while Josh Sweat dominated power ball at 47’, and CJ Sanders’ 3.88 took over the shuttle.

But Merritt kept his spot on top, outdoing his prelim score with a final tally of 148.83.

Wednesday is our first chance to see everyone share a field in 7-on-7 pool play. With three players in Tuesday’s SPARQ top 10, Apocalypse should do well while Alpha Pro looks to repeat their championship appearance. We’ll have more details as the games go on - make sure to keep up!

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