So by now many of you have seen the amazing size that was put on by our football players during the offseason. Christian Jones is just nasty, Datko has put on more than 50 pounds since arriving as a freshman, Jeff Luc has shed that useless muscle, and then there is Lamarcus Joyner. At first glance at his stomach you might think that he is attending every single keg party in Tally or that he is becoming a fast food junkie. But for anyone who has tried to bulk up and put on a lot of weight in a short period of time would know that it isn't easy and that it is accompanied by a gut. I myself have worked out and put on 15 pounds in almost 2 weeks. It requires three things, lifting hard and lifting heavy, good supplements including anything that will raise your t-levels, and being on the seefood diet. No I didn't spell that wrong, to put on weight you have to eat everything healthy in sight. Every 3 hours you should be eating something small.
Anyone who knows anything about putting on weight will tell you that gut is inevitable when bulking up. The reason being is because know matter how much you work out it is the food that fuels your body and promotes mass bulk. When I saw that gut I thought wow Vic is really speeding up his weight gain. We now know that Joyner will be playing saftey instead of corner. Therefore he is going to need some more weight behind his hits to ensure the runner goes down and even out. As good as a tackler that Joyner is he still stood out as being rather mini last year. Also considering the fact that the position switch was rather recent explains why Joyner has such a big gut. He had to put the weight on and put it on fast. No matter what you do you are going to have a gut if you put on the weight fast.
I am not concerned or displeased with this though. In fact, I think it is the right move. Playing saftey requires some extra strength and size that Joyner frankly never had. He has that gut now but if you look closely it isn't a beer gut, it is a ton of water weight and food just sitting above his abdominal muscles. It doesn't hang or droop but he looks rather bloated. I'm sure that once he starts practicing more and with the beginning of the season coming that his stomache will continue to shrink as the season goes along. So consider this offseason a bulking stage for Joyner while the actual season will be his cutting stage. It may cause his body to be sligthly sluggish and will absoluetly limit his playing time with condintioning and endurance. But that isn't a big issue this year considering the amazing depth we have at the position this year. This will really set Joyner up for being a Bob Sanders type player for his Junior and hopefully Senior year for the Noles. Once he gets through the big gut face and his weight spreads out he will lose that gut eventually and he will be able to bring the lumber while covering the field like a hawk.
I think the staff is putting him in the perfect position to succed not only now but also down the line when it comes to time for the NFL. Think Ahmad Black from the gators, as good as he was in college he was looked down upon by NFL scouts because of his lack of size. If Joyner can bulk up and get up to a solid and lean 195+ without losing much speed the guy is going to be in a prime position to play on Sundays. This will only make our recruits notice and continue the recent success that the Noles are having.
Cheers and I can't wait for the season to begin!!! Go noles!