Alex Ligon Update

Senior Alex Ligon put on 30 pounds since the end of last season, and has been playing both defensive tackle and defensive end this season. He tore a pectoral muscle weightlifting in March. Inside, an update on Ligon.

Senior defensive lineman Alex Ligon was on the final repetition of a set of five reps at 340 pounds on the bench press when he felt something bad in his pectoral muscle in early March. Sure enough, Ligon tore the pec.

He missed all of spring ball, but hasn't missed any of fall camp because of the injury. Coaches, however, were cautious with him early in camp, limiting his participation in some situations. Ligon said he's been practicing full speed the past two weeks in preparation for Saturday's opener vs. Montana State.

"Mentally, it was pretty tough at first," Ligon said. "You don't want to push it too hard, but playing D-line, you've got to push guys all the time. You kind of hold it back a little bit. I've been trying not to do that. I've been learning to trust it a lot more."

Ligon said the danger of re-injuring he pec is mostly in getting the arm caught behind him and re-tearing it, rather than by pushing forward and extending his arm. For that reason, Ligon is wearing a shoulder harness, to keep the arm from moving back behind his torso.

Ligon played linebacker in high school and spent his first four seasons at Colorado as a defensive end. But in an effort to bolster the interior of the defensive line, Ligon was moved to defensive tackle prior to camp.

"It's a little different. Guys in there are a little bigger, a little more physical," he said of playing inside. "You take on a lot more double teams. So you've got to hold your ground in there and stay strong. That's something I've been working on a lot."

Recently, Ligon said, he's been practicing inside about half the time, and outside at defensive end half the time. In order to compete inside, Ligon put on nearly 30 pounds from the end of last season, when he weighed 250.

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