CHICAGO — Take this with a couple grains of salt, but Brenden Jaimes has gone from 6-foot-5, 250 pounds as a freshman right tackle to 6-foot-6, 300 pounds as a sophomore left tackle.
The Huskers released their 2018 media guide in advance of Big Ten Media Days in Chicago and there were some noticeable weight gains listed throughout the roster when compared to 2017's media guide.
Hard to ignore Jaimes' leap but there are probably a few things to note. Program-listed measurables are usually all across the board. Quarterback Tristan Gebbia was listed at 6-foot-3 in the 2017 guide and is now listed at 6-foot-2. Wideout Tyjon Lindsey certainly didn't look to be only 160 pounds last season (and he's been quite adamant he wasn't). These listings aren't always 100 percent accurate.
They're still informational with context.
We've spent all summer hearing about how much muscle the entire team has gained under new strength coach Zach Duval. Just looking at the changes in the media guide, 56 returning scholarship players have added a combined 800 pounds.
With a guy like Jaimes or Lindsey, there's probably some getting into Division I football shape last year combined with whatever gains they made this offseason. But look at the Davis twins, Carlos and Khalil. Both were under 300 last season, both are up over 300 this season.
Look at defensive end DaiShon Neal going from 275 to 310, and then take this into account:
Man these numbers we’re putting up in this weight room is ridiculous!
— DJ (@DaiShonNeal9) July 13, 2018
Also, this. Also, this. Also, check Duval's Twitter page. These kids are clearly going through drastic physical changes. Some of the smaller changes (linebacker Mohamed Barry staying at 230) can be attributed to the simple fact muscle weighs more than fat, so fat loss could have just canceled out muscle gain.
Here are the five largest gains. It's probably not a coincidence its mostly linemen.
- OL Brenden Jaimes: 50 pounds
- OL Hunter Miller: 50 pounds
- OL Matt Sichterman: 40 pounds
- WR Tyjon Lindsey: 40 pounds
- DL DaiShon Neal, DL Ben Stille, TE Austin Allen: 35 pounds
(Redshirt freshman Hunter Miller, quarterback Andrew Bunch and wideout Conor Young are all walk-on players that are included here. Both Bunch and Miller, throughout the spring, were talked about as contributors in 2018 so they were included here for reference.)
The Huskers report for fall camp on Aug. 2. The season begins on Sept. 1 against Akron at home.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.