There’s preseason happy talk and then there are numbers.

I guess the strength and conditioning coaches have been busy this summer.

Fifty-nine players weigh more than they did since the last updated roster, including 21 by double digits after an offseason under new coach Scott Sinclair and staff.

The biggest gainers in listed weight were freshman quarterback Jacob Eason and offensive tackle/tight end Aulden Bynum each up 24 pounds. Eason, nicknamed “Skinny”, is now listed at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. Bynum goes 6-5 and 292.

Quarterback Greyson Lambert also is up 14 pounds to 6-5 and 234 pounds. Brice Ramsey is up 3 to 6–3 and 210.

Running back Nick Chubb is up eight pounds to 228.

Sam Pittman wants his offensive line to be supersized: Dyshon Sims is up 16 pounds to 309 and Brandon Kublanow up 11 to 293 and 6-6 Sam Madden up 12 to 334.

“Big Country” Ben Cleveland isn’t quite as big. The 6-foot-6 freshman dropped four pounds to 341. Freshman Solomon Kindley was listed at 370 entering but he’s now at 336.

The defensive line also has more beef.

DaQuan Hawkins is up 18 to 320 and Michael Barnett 16 to 292.

Outside linebacker Chuks Amaechi now is 250, up 20 pounds.

Inside linebacker Natrez Patrick drew praise for the shape he is in from Kirby Smart. He’s down 10 pounds to 238. Freshman defensive lineman Michail Carter (if this isn’t a misprint) had the biggest drop in weight down 24 to 293.

By the way, muscular Elijah Holyfield, the freshman running back, is listed at 5-11, 215, up six pounds.

Of course, we’ve seen weight changes in summers before.  What we don’t know until we see them play is to what end they’ve been made.

It’s also worth remembering that while the team will be on its third offensive coordinator in three years, the changeover in S&C has almost kept pace, as I believe this marks the third head strength coach in four seasons.  Is one offseason enough for a complete remake of what went before?  You got me.

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9 responses to “There’s preseason happy talk and then there are numbers.

  1. dawgtired

    The way the weights are up or down, depending on the player, seems to indicate that the S&C coaches target what’s best for each player and their frame…not just a position or whole sale group or team.

    • ltrftc

      This was a repeated criticism levied against the program in general from more than one guy who left for the NFL or elsewhere (and I believe I’ve heard it from recruits as well as reasons why they liked Bama/OSU/etc). Generally speaking, the training regiment was too cookie cutter. There wasn’t much in the way of customization/specialization to individual athletes. This was my favorite takeaway from the numbers… a more customized approach to training and nutrition for the kids seems like a no brainer.

  2. Russ

    My hope for the program is that we can keep all (or at least the majority) of our coaches together for at least 3 years. To me, that will provide the greatest benefit to our program.

  3. AusDawg85

    370! A freshman?! Now down to 336? That’s great work on everybody’s part.

    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      That kid (Kindley) may end up having been a stealth signing. If I recall, he was at best a 3* player from Jax. Big kid, but slow, maybe soft. The fact that he has done what he needed to do is an indication he’s taking it seriously and that is a positive sign. Now if he will pay attention to Sam on the field he’ll get some reps and eventually some playing time.

      • W Cobb Dawg

        Agree Kindley could be a sleeper. Not sure about the “slow” part. Looked like he could move pretty quickly (for his size) in the basketball video going around when he committed. Seems like he has raw athleticism and size. Getting his weight down is great news.

  4. Happy talk until we see the result on the field.

  5. Cousin Eddie

    The only benefit, if there is one, with the changes in S&C changes is muscle confusion. That is a good way to get muscles growing (doing the same program over and over doesn’t continually challenge the human body).