For those interested.
The new strength and nutrition program are working.
Since the spring of 2010 the Bulldogs have gained over 500
pounds in their starting lineup. Combine this with the fact that many players on
the team are saying that they are all getting leaner, and the Bulldogs may look
like a different team in 2011.
Some players have gained as much as 28 pounds in one calendar year. In all,
11 players have gained more than 20 pounds of muscle weight and 23 total players
have gained more than 10 pounds of muscle.
Some players, like Alec Ogletree, gained weight to fill the middle linebacker
position. Ogletree gained 26 pounds since the spring of 2010 to get to 236
pounds. Shawn Williams gained 25 pounds to fill a safety spot, and Richard
Samuel gained 21 to play linebacker but he will now carry his 240 pounds over to
the running back position.
Four of UGA's starting offensive lineman are over 315 pounds, and three of
them are more than 325 pounds. UGA's average starting nose tackle went from 317
pounds in 2010 to over 340 pounds in 2011.
The Bulldogs will also have a
very intimidating set of defensive ends in DeAngelo Tyson and Abry Jones, as
both players are nearing 310 pounds and have exceptional athletic ability.
Kwame Geathers has been mentioned as having a goal weight of more than 360
pounds but I would think that may come with a loss of speed. Incoming transfer
John Jenkins currently weighs 345 pounds and was recently clocked running a
40-yard dash in under five seconds.
The Bulldogs also have two players with tight end experience that now weigh
over 270 pounds in Arthur Lynch and Bruce Figgins. Marlon Brown
has bulked up to 222 pounds since last spring and Michael Bennett has gained 22
pounds and he is now up to 208. Orson Charles, Tavares King, and Rontavious
Wooten have both gained over ten pounds adding bulk to an already bulky
Even the kickers have joined in and combined they have gained 18 pounds. Drew
Butler is now a sturdy 215 pounds.
A freshman of note, Zach DeBell gained 25 pounds since his recruitment and is
now up to a very healthy 290 pounds. He has maintained his speed and strength
while gaining all the weight.
Only a few player lost weight and the ones that did so, did so intentionally.
Carlton Thomas who was already light on his feet has dropped 17 pounds since
last spring, bringing his total weight down to 163 pounds. Watts Dantzler has
also made huge strides by getting in much better shape and by losing 15 pounds
and gaining muscle, look for Dantzler to see the field this year if he continues
I do not expect the extra weight to help the Bulldogs too much, but I do
expect it to hinder other teams as the Bulldogs will be much harder to block or
pancake with all of that added weight.
Article from BR.