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NC State’s Kentavius Street doesn’t think his 700-pound squat ‘was that big of a deal’

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N.C. State football senior defensive tackle Kentavius Street muscles his way through a 700-lb squat earlier this summer. The video of Street's lift went viral.
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N.C. State football senior defensive tackle Kentavius Street muscles his way through a 700-lb squat earlier this summer. The video of Street's lift went viral.

To Kentavius Street, a rep’s a rep, even when there are 700 pounds on the bar.

The N.C. State senior defensive tackle is nonplussed by the reaction to his video from last month, since gone viral, of a 700-pound squat in the Murphy Center weight room.

“I honestly didn’t feel like it was that big of a deal,” Street said. “It was just a rep.”

Street, who’s 6-2 and 280 pounds, said fellow defensive tackle Justin Jones can squat 650 pounds. He rattled off a bunch of names of teammates who hit the weight room hard this off-season under the tutelage of strength coach Dantonio “Thunder” Burnette.

“Don’t look at me as just an outlier, we’re very strong as a team,” Street said.

But Street was the only one with a video clip to make ESPN and burn up Snapchat and other social media sites.

“It was really humbling; I’m happy that it got out there like that,” Street said.

A scary thought is both Burnette and Street said they believe Street could actually squat a heavier weight. Street can bench press 475 pounds and has a 40-inch vertical leap. He checked in at No. 3 on Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman’s annual list of “college football freaks.”

Senior defensive tackle Kentavius Street on his viral weightlifting video and penalty-free sack celebrations.

“I feel like I didn’t even squat, the people around me squatted it,” Street said. “It was just that great of an environment.”

Street’s feat of strength has given him a newfound fame, replacing a moment from the 2016 season he’d like back. He recorded the first sack of his career in the season-opening win over William & Mary but received a 15-yard celebration penalty for taking off his helmet while still on the field.

“I was just in the moment, I guess, and I pulled it off and I was enjoying Carter-Finley,” Street said.

Street finished the season with 5.5 sacks, and no more celebration penalties, but he still gets a hard time from his teammates for the ultimately harmless mental error.

“I still here about now from my teammates,” Street said. “It won’t happen again, I promise.”

Watch the Wolfpack weight room go crazy as N.C. State senior defensive tackle Kentavius Street squats a massive 700 pounds.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio

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