True freshmen/JUCO signeesWeight training on the high school level has come a long way over the last decade or so. But an athlete's first year on campus, participating in a structured and scheduled weight-lifting program, remains critical.
For most of the players, their first year on campus marks the first time they have paid weekly--even daily--attention to their diets and exercise habits. Start with nutrition; add in a carefully planned weight-lifting regimen; and then factor in that most of the athletes are still growing and maturing…
And the results are often significant.
True freshmen experiencing weight gains include:
Position Height Athlete July '01 Jan. '02 DE 6-6 Mark Anderson 210 220 DE 6-4 Todd Bates 220 236 KR 5-4 Brandon Brooks 150 160 OLB 6-2 Juke King 205 225 CB 5-9 Anthony Madison 173 180 CB 5-11 Charlie Peprah 184 195 MLB 6-2 Freddie Roach 225 237 QB 6-2 Brodie Croyle 188 198 FS 6-1 Roman Harper 176 180 TE 6-4 Clint Johnston 230 235
NOTE: Some athletes (like Madison and Johnston) arrive on campus already in excellent condition, having spent hours in the gym before entering college. For such players, more modest gains would be expected.
On the other hand, God and nature have given some athletes a slightly higher body/fat ratio, even in high school. So their first few months would be spent dropping fat while also adding muscle. Their weight numbers may remain close to the same--or even drop--during their first year of weight training. This is especially for bigger-bodied athletes like linemen.
Position Height Athlete July '01 Jan. '02 TE 6-6 Donald Clarke 260 252 C 6-4 J.B. Closner 297 290 TB 6-0 Marquez Dupree 219 215 OL 6-5 Von Ewing 306 297 OG 6-7 Mark Sanders 305 305
Veteran squad membersOf course an athlete's first year on campus isn't the only time he benefits from strength and conditioning work. And in fact for many of the veteran players on the squad, last season was their first year-long exposure to a weight-lifting program, Ben Pollard style.
Following are some other athletes on the squad whose numbers have changed over the last year.
Position Height Athlete July '01 Jan. '02 WR 6-0 Joel Babb 186 193 FB 6-0 Marvin Brown 259 253 TE 6-5 David Cavan 228 240 ROV 6-2 Brooks Daniels 190 204 SLB 6-1 Brandon Dean 210 230 C 6-4 Alonzo Ephraim 288 293 WR 6-5 Tarry Givens 193 206 SS 6-0 Matt Grice 175 186 DE 6-4 N. Mckay-Loescher 240 244 PK 6-0 Michael Ziifle 240 232
EDITOR'S NOTE: While the information on athletes from the '01 signing class is pretty complete, the other names are just a sampling. They do NOT represent a comprehensive list of the weight changes that have occurred among more veteran squad members.