August 5, 2006

Browder is living large at defensive tackle

How did you spend your summer vacation?

Presumably, you didn't mark the summer months by stuffing yourself with six meals a day: Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, the occasional Double Whopper with fries.

That, in a nutshell, was Auburn defensive tackle Chris Browder's summer vacation. Sure, Browder also put in plenty of time in the weight room and the film room. But food - and plenty of it - was the main focus.

That's because Browder - unlike, say, you - is trying to make the transition from defensive end to the "three-technique" defensive tackle position. And that means putting on weight. Lots of it. And fast.

So far, so good. Browder was up to 274 pounds at the start of preseason practice. That's about 30 more than he weighed at the end of last season. And, he says, he's keeping the weight on despite the grueling pace and punishing heat of AU's practices.

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