Packing on the pounds

CLEMSON - Like many incoming freshmen, linebacker Quandon Christian has one immediate goal before he steps on the field for the first time.

LB Quandon Christian Profile

Simply put, he wants to gain a little weight.

In a recent conversation with CUTigers after another intense session of offseason workouts, Christian said he's got some work to do.

"I'm 6-4, 210 pounds right now," he said. "I definitely want to get bigger and that's something I'm working pretty hard at doing.

"I really want to get up to around 215 or 220 as soon as possible."

Slotted initially as a SAM linebacker in defensive coordinator Kevin Steele's unit, Christian said his adjustment to college has gone smoother than he expected coming out of Lake View High School.

"It's been going good so far. I got to school about three weeks ago and have really gotten to know my roommates and that's been good," he said. "Probably the biggest adjustment for me has been getting up early and going to study hall all the time."

Christian also said he's had help understanding Clemson's defensive playbook from a couple of upperclassmen.

"Brandon Maye, Kavell Connor and Scotty Cooper have all been great for me so far," he said. "They've all been showing me around campus and helping with the plays and everything. They've been great.

"But that playbook ... you know we really didn't have a playbook in high school. It's real big here and somewhat difficult to understand but I'll have it down pat before the season gets started."

If the true freshman is going to see the field this season, he'll be challenging one of the players who has been helping him during his short time on campus in Cooper.

However outside of Cooper, a junior, there is no established depth at the position.

"I'm fine either way," Christian said of a potential redshirt season. "If they coaches select me to play as a SAM, I'll be ready. If not, that's fine too."

As a senior at Lake View, Christian rushed for 1,368 yards and 23 touchdowns on offense, while recording 89 tackles and eight sacks on defense.

He signed with Clemson as the No. 19 strong side linebacker in the country over his No. 2 school – N.C. State.

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