Julian Rochester is one of the Bulldogs larger defensive lineman and keeping his weight down since his arrival on campus last season has been a concern for the team, but not an issue.
The reason this concern has not become an issue is due to the outstanding job the strength and conditioning staff and the nutrition staff has done to keep Rochester at a productive playing weight. Rochester’s recruiting profiles on multiple sites had him listed at around 320 lbs. in high school but he is playing at around 295-300 lbs now.
“I’ve been at 297-305 consistently since the spring started so it’s been good,” said Rochester. “…We’ve got the best nutrition staff ever so they keep us right.”
Although defensive line is a position that involves larger players, these players need to be able to play fast and stay on the field without fatiguing too quickly. This is especially true at the collegiate level and even more so in the SEC, so it is absolutely important that the Bulldogs can count on Rochester to consistently play without tiring out.
Julian Rochester was an impactful player for the Bulldogs last season as he played in all of the Bulldogs games as a freshman. In those games, Rochester racked up 36 tackles, which was the second most for Bulldogs interior lineman, and two sacks.
With one season already under his belt, The Bulldogs will rely on Rochester to make even more big plays so that is why it is absolutely vital for him to play at a good weight that will allow him to be able to play harder and for a longer period of time.
Rochester could be in line for a breakout sophomore campaign and he will definitely have the Bulldogs nutrition staff to thank for keeping him in shape for the upcoming season.