By Stephen Tsai
Zach Masch is now a middle man.
"I have abs," Masch said, laughing, a result of intensive workouts at the Triple Threat Performance facility in Arizona.
Masch said he weighed 280 pounds last night — a weight he hopes to carry into tomorrow's pro day at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. He said he can gain more weight, if necessary, but he feels fit enough for the speed, jumping and weight-lifting sessions at the combine-like event.
"Training has been crazy," Masch said. "I've never trained like this in my life."
Former UH teammates considered Masch to be a "gym rat" often found in the weight room. "I love working out, but I also love to see my progress," Masch said.
Masch was a defensive tackle until this past season, when he volunteered to play defensive end. While he played well there, he wanted to prove to scouts he was a skilled defensive tackle. Given the choice of positions, Masch opted to play defensive tackle in the NFLPA all-star game.
"The all-star game helped me out," said Masch, who had a sack. "Now I have to show my pro day numbers. I can't wait to do that."
Masch is capable of 30-plus reps of 225 pounds and a sub-4.9 sprint in the 40.
"I have to show up," Masch said. "Talk is talk. Doing it is another thing."
The New England Patriots, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks have expressed interest in Masch. He has a face-to-face interview with scouts from the Arizona Cardinals tonight.