The way Gabe Wright carries himself has changed. The defensive lineman has lost weight, reconfigured his body and looked more defensive end than tackle at certain angles under the SEC Media Days lights last week. Looking more svelte at 290 pounds, the first-team All-SEC lineman enters the start of preseason camp at Auburn as the de facto leader. The weight loss, along with more work at separate positions in the spring, has the senior in position to contribute at tackle and end in the fall. "I've been wanting to drop down body weight since I've been here -- and body fat -- which has been done," Wright said. Wright posted a picture on Twitter this week showing the his body's transformation since January 2013. "I saw the picture and I was just amazed at the weight I lost," Wright said last week. Wright arrived at Auburn listed at 316 pounds, but the 32-pound weight loss since 2011 is not all about body fat. He has dropped weight nearly every season, but it wasn't until the arrival of strength coach Ryan Russell and defensive line coach Rodney Garner that the big changes -- lean muscle, etc. -- started to happen. He dropped to 284 pounds in the spring, and then reconfigured his body further with six additional pounds. More importantly, he trimmed his body fat while building muscle to form a well-defined physique. The results, coaches hope, leads to a more explosive Wright, who already contributed 31 tackles, including 8.5 for losses and three sacks to lead all defensive tackles on the team. Wright and the coaches still view him as a tackle, but injuries in the spring required the senior and sophomore Montravius Adams to move to the edge. Depth is a concern at end, where Carl Lawson (ACL) will miss playing time -- and potentially the entire season -- after a breakout freshman campaign.
Gabe Wright transforms body to become Auburn's most versatile defensive lineman
Alabama | Jul 28