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FSU, Packers favor GPS-based data generator

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is incorporating new technology into Seminoles practices.

Catapult Sports might have a long way to go when it comes to its volume of football-team clients.

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But for having just two that recent reports have confirmed, the Australian company certainly picked two that will get the attention of their peers. Defending national champion Florida State, which produced seven of the first 144 NFL draft picks last month, has invested years and millions into Catapult's GPS-based workout data system.

The Green Bay Packers, one of the NFL's most consistent winners, are doing the same.

"It's not the reason you win," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher told "But it takes a lot of the guesswork out of how your team is feeling, how individuals are performing and how you moderate practice."

According to the story, FSU players have taken a liking to the system despite the presence of a GPS monitor strapped across the chest during workouts. Rather, they've taken a liking to a feature that can track a peak miles-per-hour point for a 40-yard dash. As slow as 23 mph feels behind the wheel of a car, it's a shade faster than the 22.8-mph record recognized by the players.

Coaches from both staffs have other goals with the technology, primarily, gaining a better understanding of the physical condition of their teams as a whole, in real time during team activities.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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