The New And Improved James Carmon

James Carmon, a mid-year junior college transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was one of the more highly recruited defensive linemen in the southeast. He also was one of the biggest. Probably too big because, while that weight helped him plug up the middle of the line for MGCCC, it also had an adverse affect on his overall speed and quickness.

And as soon as he got to Mississippi State, the Bulldog coaches immediately had him begin the process of losing weight.

"I came in here at 375 and I now weigh 338," said Carmon, who recorded 32 tackles and 3 sacks during the 2009 season.

He explained how he's losing the weight.

"Basically, you just eat the right foods," said James Carmon, who battled injuries and excessive weight most of his sophomore season at MGCCC. "Coach tells me to keep my weight going down by eating right. That's what I do every day, I eat right and do what I have to do. I eat foods that are good for me such as vegetables."

And he's noticed a difference in his physical condition.

"(MSU head strength) Coach (Matt) Balis and (MSU head) Coach (Dan) Mullen have helped me a whole lot by getting me to drop all that weight," said the 6-foot-7 defensive tackle. "I have more wind and can move around a lot quicker than I could in junior college."

As for what weight he wants to eventually get down to, he said, "the coaches want me to get down to around 330 pounds."

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