Granderson growing on and off the field

Carl Granderson is doing something few college football players do during the season: gaining weight.

The Wyoming true freshman defensive end is listed at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds. But

Carl Granderson

Carl Granderson

Granderson said this week he’s up to 205 pounds. Yes, that is still 30 to 40 pounds lighter than UW would like him to be, but it’s rare for any player to gain weight through the rigors of a season.

“I keep on eating through the day,” Granderson said. “I eat breakfast, snacks between classes, lunch, dinner. You have to be constantly eating, drinking shakes ad all that.”

Granderson also said he lifts weights twice a day — in the mornings before practice and at night after practice.

I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who wish they had to eat more. Sounds like a good thing, but it’s not as easy or fun as it sounds.

“It’s hard. The mornings are hard for me to eat. But gong into the games and playing against these big offensive tackles, I realize I have to put on weight fast. The games have really motivated me to get bigger so I can play better.”

Granderson earned playing time by how he performed in fall camp. UW has lost three defensive ends to either injury or attrition since the start of camp. In three games Granderson has four tackles — including three solo stops — and one tackle for loss backing up senior Eddie Yarbrough.

AJ Cooper

AJ Cooper

“He’s played really hard. He understands the tempo we want to go at in practice. He’s working his butt off,” UW defensive ends coach AJ Cooper said. “He’s asking questions and is learning how to focus on the little details. At 205 pounds, he understands he has to be technically sound and do a lot of little things right. With more live game reps we’re seeing his confidence building. The game is slowing down for him.”

Added Granderson: “The first three games and practice has been really hard. The tempo much faster than I thought. Moving on to the games it’s 10 times that speed. “I’ve working hard and striving to be better. I have to improve on a lot of stuff.”

UW has another undersized defensive end serving in a backup role in true freshman Kevin Prosser (6-2, 197). Prosser was moved from linebacker last week, and recorded a sack in the Cowboys’ 31-14 loss at Washington State last week.

Second-year UW coach Craig Bohl has been pleased with the play of both Granderson and Prosser.

“They are under-sized, but they have a big heart and you can do a lot with that,” he said. “And, they can run. That’s part of an emerging program. Would we like them to be 25 pounds heavier? Yes, but they’re not. But they are playing hard.”

See my column in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and at wyosports.net, about Prosser and UW’s quest to find the best players at the best positions to help the team.

For a preview, here’s an interview I did with Prosser this week: