Admittedly, I don’t follow the annual Clemson football weigh-in as closely as some do, but I found myself doing so this year.
I do recognize that it’s a symbol that football is getting closer, as is fall camp, practices, scrimmages and almost daily reports from Dabo on some random player who could win the Heisman and will likely not play very much this season.
There were several interesting numbers that I was curious to see, most of all true freshman quarterback Cade Klubnik.
Without rehashing the entire backstory, I’ve seen Klubnik play around 10-12 games over the last two years and he looked “slender” even for 6A Texas High School ball, so you knew he needed to bulk up from a listed 175 and then 185 pounds.
He did, coming in at a solid 197, which he will certainly need if he sees any time running the Clemson offense.
There were gains and losses here and there, but some stood out more than others.
Adam Randall moved from 215 to 230, which at 6’2 and having seen pictures of his physique from this spring sounds intriguing.
Phil Mafah is up to 228 from 225, Myles Murphy to 278 from 275.
Beware offenses: A healthy Bryan Bresee weighed in at 307 pounds at the Clemson football annual weigh-in
Bad news for ACC offensive linemen is that Brian Bresee now tips the scales at three hundred and seven pounds. 3.0.7. Good luck with that offenses. Bresee is hungry and motivated, having missed the last 9 games of the 2022 season, but still recognized in multiple preseason watchlist for various trophies and awards.
On the flip side, Xavier Thomas, who says he’s in the best shape of his life, is down 11 pounds to 254.
Perhaps the name that everyone wants to see more than any other – D.J. Uiagalelei is listed at 234, down from 250.
Uiagalelei was obviously overweight and out of shape in part due to being injured in 2021, but according to Dabo Swinney he has rededicated himself to getting healthy and eating appropriately, but it remains to be seen if the body transformation will have an effect on the field.
It’s one more sign that football is getting closer and as of tomorrow, we’ll be one month away from kickoff in Atlanta.