Friday Q&A: March 27, 2015

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1) What are your thoughts on the updated player weights? What does this say about the state of the program, I.E. having Deon Clarke at 213 pounds as a starting linebacker?

Chris Coleman: Regarding Deon Clarke, his size is his own issue. He’s a guy who lost about 15 pounds between August of 2012 and the spring of 2013. He’s naturally a bit skinnier than most, but I think he would be bigger than 213 if he truly wanted to be. He’s a talented football player, but Bud Foster has had his frustrations with Clarke in the past.

As far as the other players go, there are some that I want to talk about. Note that for some of these guys I’m commenting on just their listed weight. For others, I’m talking about how they look based on seeing them in person.

Whip Holland Fisher, 6-1, 180: Holy cow, son. Fisher went from 197 last August to 180? And he moved closer to the line of scrimmage in the process? That one doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

WR Cam Phillips, 6-1, 196: Phillips was 190 last year, but it was a skinny 190. This year he’s 196, and it’s a legit 196. He’s really changed his body in the offseason.

WR Jaylen Bradshaw, 6-0, 188: Bradshaw was 174 when he enrolled. Now he’s 188 and really looks the part. He actually told me last night that he is up to 191 now.

RB Joel Caleb, 6-2, 200: At this point I think I just have to accept the fact that it’s impossible for Caleb to weigh anything but 200 as a running back. Nevermind the fact that he used to be 213 when he was a wide receiver. Sigh.