January 30, 2009

O'Guin sheds weight to make plays

Sometimes, players are forced to slightly tweak their bodies in order to improve their game. Some players work on gaining mass, some flexibility, but for Van Vleck defensive tackle Michael O'Guin, his slight tweak this past off-season weighed in at almost 30 pounds.

"I talked to a lot of recruiters, and they said it would be better for me to play at a lower weight," said the former 321-pounder. "You don't lose power when you lose weight, you just gain quickness. I could tell it made a big difference, because I was a lot faster after I lost all that weight."

O'Guin hopes to get down to 270-280 pounds by the start of two-a-days next season, which is a scary thought for opposing offenses considering he made 71 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 21 tackles for a loss at his current weight of 295, while earning 1st team All-District and 2nd place in District MVP voting in the process.

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