The first year in a college team's strength and conditioning program often yields the biggest short-term gains in a player's career. For players who are redshirting, that may be even more true, as there can be more focus on physical development.
A number of Arizona State players are showing off improved physiques at the outset of spring football, with wide receiver Terrell Chatman certainly among the skill position standouts in that regard.
At 6-foot-3, Chatman is very lanky, with a frame that is deceptive. He looks skinner than he is, even after gaining 15-plus pounds since last summer.
"I've been progressing a lot in the weight room," Chatman said. "I got a lot more explosive. I'm 200 right now, I came in here right now at 185. I've definitely put on some muscle."
Chatman has been receiving second-team reps this spring for the Sun Devils, who are replacing three starter-level receivers in 2016 including their two leading pass catchers from last season, Devin Lucien and D.J. Foster.