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Scott loses weight, gains speed

MU football
Mar. 30, 2013 @ 12:54 AM

HUNTINGTON -- When Marshall University released its football roster at the beginning of spring practice, everyone took note of the increases in weight in several of the offensive linemen.

Everyone failed to notice one big decrease -- that of offensive tackle Garrett Scott.

Scott came into camp 15 pounds lighter than last year, tipping the scale at 295 pounds.

"I feel like it was something that came with a new strength coach (Scott Sinclair) and I personally wanted to change my diet around and get healthier," Scott said. "Then, coach came in and said 'Scott, you got too skinny' so I've been trying to gain, but I've been trying to put on pounds smart."

In the first two days of spring practice, Scott showed off an improved agility and a lighter frame, but said he still has work to do to get where he wants to be.

Scott yelled at Sinclair and asked exactly what his ideal weight would be and when Sinclair fired back with '305', Scott knew his goal.

"There it is," Scott said. "Straight from the man himself. That's where I'll be."

One of the top personalities on Marshall's team, Scott joked about his new-found fitness, saying it's not exactly easy, considering Fat Patty's and Giovanni's restaurants are right across the street.

"I still get the occasional Fat Patty's because I've got to have my wings, but I cut out a lot of fast food like McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King. If I do, I eat off the low-calorie menu," Scott said. "It sounds weird coming from a big guy, but I have to do what I can to help this team."

Scott's body transformation is part of a three-step process to redistribute his weight and maximize his potential.

When all is said and done, there will only be five pounds difference from his 2012 playing weight of 310.

However, the change will look completely different as some of the unnecessary bulk melts away then turns to muscle through the offseason workout program.

Scott said he's dedicated to making sure he's in the best shape as possible to help anchor an offensive line that led a sixth-ranked total offense nationally.

"It's a tough process, but I put all my trust in (Marshall head) coach (Doc) Holliday and coach Sinclair," Scott said. "He's working us and getting us where we need to be. It's going to be hard just getting strong and staying in shape, but he's a good dude and he'll have me right."

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