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Apparently the Florida Gators have some big boys on this year’s squad — but one stands out above the rest. Incoming freshman Desmond Watson comes into the spring at 432 pounds.
Do you know the name “Desmond Watson” yet?— Connor O’Gara (@cjogara) March 8, 2021
You should. He’s Florida’s new 432-pound defensive tackle (not a typo).
On the new guy already turning heads in Gainesville: https://t.co/tYiv6HluKI
For clarity, former Patriot Vince Wilfork played at 345 in college. So Watson might be the heaviest player in D-1 football history, which now presents a new challenge for Florida strength coach Nick Savage:
“Our first goal is for him to lead a healthy lifestyle,” Savage said.
The Cosmopolitan would like a word, sir. But seriously — he looks decently athletic for weighing as much as that couch you have to move every summer. And as long as he’s living a healthy life, then he has a real chance to put big guys on the map. It’s always fun to watch someone break a scale and then break a quarterback.
#Gators DL drills:— Jacquie Franciulli (@JacquieFran_) February 22, 2021
Big Desmond Watson and Daquon Newkirk pic.twitter.com/fRrLIpwp0G
Watson’s father is 6-foot-4 at a more slender 300 pounds. His mother? 250, which she claims is due to shutdown-induced inactivity. Yeah, we’ll let this one slide.
Anyway, we sure hope Florida can get this young bull in shape. It’s likely that he’s just naturally overweight and can find a way to be a beast in his own way. Best part has to be that he’ll be rocking Dion Sanders’ No. 21, though.
Could the Florida freshman be any more likable? Takers on his nickname being Prime Rib?
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I hope he is red shirted. He needs to lose 100 lbs. His body will struggle and have to adjust to the lower sugar intake.
Deion played for Florida State…but he wore #2 there (jersey retired also).
Honestly, I worry about that kid’s health out there at that weight. I would bet you that’s Florida’s main concern too. It’s a lot of extra strain on the old ticker to pump blood to 432 pounds during high intensity workout time in Florida heat and humidity. They need to be careful with him until he drops to the 3’s.