For Auburn football verbal commitment Kyle Coulahan, the heat of August practices and games has not been a problem when it comes to keeping his weight up as his senior season gets started. In fact, just the opposite has happened.
"I know a lot of players have a hard time keeping from losing weight this time of year, but I have been just the opposite," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have actually been gaining a pound or two every week."
Coulahan credits his workouts plus his mother's touch at the dinner table. "She is always cooking good things like steak, chicken and spaghetti," he says. "I am up to 300 pounds now."
Coulahan is using the extra size to throw his weight around on the defensive side of the field. He is playing noseguard and got off to a strong start at his new high school, Pensacola Catholic, as his team took a 40-0 victory over Vernon High.
"I feel like I played a really good game," says Coulahan, who notes that he had a pair of quarterback sacks in the opener. On Friday night his team will travel to play at Chipley High for game two.
When he arrives at Auburn next year, Coulahan is expected to make the move to the offensive line. He worked there already this summer with AU offensive line coach Hugh Nall at a summer camp. He weighed 288 that week.
At Catholic, he is primarily a defensive player, but is also seeing some action at tight end and has gotten practice at fullback, too. "I played tight end in the first game, but not fullback," he says.
Coulahan isn't planning to make the trip to AU this weekend to watch the Tigers as they open vs. Washington State, but says he will be in Auburn for their first SEC home game two weeks later when LSU comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium.