THIBODAUX, La. — Most of us find ourselves trying to shed weight heading into the summer.
Count Brandon Harris out of that equation.
LSU’s third-year quarterback is in the process of adding pounds leading up to fall camp in August to better prepare for his junior season. Harris currently weighs in at 222 pounds and is hoping to get up to around 225 by the time the season opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field rolls around.
The main reason, of course, is health.
Harris dealt with a lingering groin injury last season, which required surgery in the winter. By adding weight this offseason, the quarterback believes he’ll be putting himself in a better position to absorb blows and stay healthy.
“I’m fine,” Harris said of his groin on Friday during the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University. “We just had to get that taken care of. You’ve got to control your health and be smart whenever you’re in different situations, reporting some things that are uncomfortable, but I’m fine.
“The reason why I’m coming into the season bigger … If you play at 210 (pounds), you drop to 205 in the season. It’s hard to maintain that weight because you’re taking licks and taking shots. So I’m trying to come into the season at 220 or 225, and go to camp at 225 to be at 220 on opening day so I’m more of an imposing threat than a fragile guy in the backfield.”
Harris’ new weight-gain experiment came at a unique time. At the Manning Passing Academy, he was surrounded by a bevy of SEC quarterbacks, including Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs, who he asked for advice.
During the season, both quarterbacks face similar challenges as it pertains to their weight, both in managing it and how to continue to work out.
Already Harris has put some on pounds to reach 222, and believes he’s already put himself in a better position entering the 2016 campaign.
“You want to put on good, lean weight rather than heavy, chunky weight,” Harris explained. “I like to think I’m lean, and obviously people don’t think I weigh what I weigh. I mean, I’m eating properly, getting maintenance talking to the dietician, who’s doing a good job of making sure we are where we need to be.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.