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YouTube sensation/workout warrior Stephen Paea leads the way for Oregon State's defen

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    That's why he's so intriguing as a player," OSU coach Mike Riley said. "To see his physical talent and watch him grow as a player has been a lot of fun."
    The 6-foot-1-inch, 311-pounder became a YouTube sensation when video showed him bench-pressing 225 pounds 44 times - and that was when he was tired after a workout. The NFL combine record is 45 (since 2000).

    Paea might be the strongest player, at any position, in the sport. He can squat 600 pounds, bench-press 500 and run a 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. "His strength and quickness are outstanding," Riley said. "He is learning, I think, probably every time he plays."

    Paea, who still plays rugby for fun in the off-season, had 11 tackles-for-loss and five sacks as a sophomore in 2008, and 8.5 tackles-for-loss and three sacks last season. He received the Morris Trophy, a Pac-10 defensive award voted on by offensive linemen. His NFL draft flirtation yielded assurances of a late second- or early third-round selection, but he decided to return for his senior season.

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