Lomax tries to put pounds on

ATHENS – The next big star at defensive end for Georgia could be a former Clayton County star - if he eats right.

When Jeremy Lomax signed with Georgia months ago everyone knew – especially him – that his size would be the number one variable that would determine if he would become a football star in college.

Georgia coaches rolled the dice on him, even though he barely tipped the 200 pound mark as a prep. But their decision to give Lomax a shot might be paying off. Lomax has been performing well during practices (he sat out last season as a redshirt), and is expected to play quite a bit this fall. The number one thing that consumes him, however, is how much he consumes – food that is.

"It's been a difficult process trying to gain weight, because my metabolism is still high," said Lomax. "I played three sports in high school, so I never really had a chance to slow down. It's been hard for me to put on weight."

"The coaches and fans have high expectations for me, but once I get my weight where I want it to be, I think I will be alright. I would like to be about 225 to start the season, but I am 208 right now. It's got to be muscle that I gain. I have to keep the flat chest that I have – six pack," he said.

Currently third on the defensive end depth chart, adding mass isn't the only aspect of football that has been handicapping Lomax so far. Like most youngsters, Lomax has been dealing with the transition from high school to college football, and for him, like for many others, one of the most difficult things to learn is footwork.

"My first step, my get-off, has been killing me. When I get my get-off down pat I will be able to pass rush better. As far as stopping the run, again, it goes back to my weight. I am taking on blockers that are about 350, and I am 208. I am trying to maximize my technique right now, because that is all that can save me. I am trying to stay low," he confessed.

In sum, the unappealing issue Lomax must face every day is how to keep weight on and, eventually, how to add it. It's something he is dealing with every time he sits down for a meal.

"There is so much pressure on my weight – I am trying to put the weight on so that I can live up to my expectations," he said.

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