Charlie Strong said he’s most confident in his stable of running backs, and Chris Warren III, who’s up 23 pounds from last season, is a big reason why.
Warren’s been checking in at 255 pounds, four pounds heavier than the listed weight of former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis.
“You look at him, he’s so big and wide,” Strong said. “There’s no fat there. He can carry it. He may shed a pound or two, but he’s gotten so much stronger. You’re talking about someone who has never lifted weights before. This is the first offseason he’s been through. We were talking the other day and he said, ‘Coach, none of my clothes fit me anymore.”
Warren, who came on the scene with a 276-yard, four-touchdown performance Thanksgiving night against Texas Tech, will form a meaty 1-2 punch with D’Onta Foreman, who is no stick himself at 241 pounds.
“I don’t know how many people are gonna want to tackle Foreman and Warren,” Strong said.
Surprisingly, Warren isn’t the team’s biggest weight gainer. That honor is a tie between defensive end Charles Omenihu (262 pounds) and offensive lineman Garrett Thomas (300), each of whom jumped 26 pounds.