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The Big Weigh-In

The Big Weigh-In

By Philip Sikes // Athletic Communications

I went over to the WestZone for the first time to see what all the hoopla was about.

For years we’ve been filming “The Big Weigh-In” — the football team’s annual check-in one day prior to camp — and it’s generated a high amount of both views and discussion from Tiger fans everywhere.

So upon entering the weight room, I asked senior leader Eric Mac Lain his thoughts on why the event has become so popular.

“I don’t know, to be honest with you,” he said. “I guess it’s to see who gained or lost a lot since the season.”

Jay Guillermo walked up into the conversation.

“This guy, he’ll probably take his shirt off,” Mac Lain joked.

Guillermo certainly did, even down to his compression shorts. It got a big reaction from his teammates.

Regardless of the reason behind its popularity, there were some notable developments Monday:

• Charone Peake came in at 214 pounds. Dabo Swinney raved about the senior wideout during last week’s visit to ESPN, and Peake certainly looks the part.

• Running back Tyshon Dye weighed 213, down 12 pounds from where he checked in a year ago at this time.

• Clemson will roll out some big linebackers this fall. Projected starters Ben Boulware and B.J. Goodson weighed 241 and 245, respectively.

• Junior safety Jayron Kearse, who stands 6-4, weighed 224 Monday. This prompted a funny reaction from Swinney. “Let’s see if you can do something with that 224,” he joked.

A look at some of the notable “Big Weigh-In” numbers …

Offensive LineTyrone Crowder — 323Joe Gore — 294Jay Guillermo — 324Mitch Hyatt — 285Eric Mac Lain — 315Ryan Norton — 284

Tight EndJordan Leggett — 252Stanton Seckinger — 238

Running BackZac Brooks — 200Tyshon Dye — 213Wayne Gallman — 210

QuarterbackKelly Bryant — 213Tucker Israel — 192Nick Schuessler — 202Deshaun Watson — 207

Wide ReceiverDeon Cain — 197Germone Hopper — 175Ray Ray McCloud — 181Charone Peake — 214Artavis Scott — 191Mike Williams — 213

Defensive LineKevin Dodd — 268Albert Huggins — 286Shaq Lawson — 272D.J. Reader — 321Carlos Watkins — 296

LinebackerBen Boulware — 241B.J. Goodson — 245Dorian O’Daniel — 219

Defensive BackMackensie Alexander — 189T.J. Green — 203Jadar Johnson — 203Jayron Kearse — 224Cordrea Tankersley — 195Korrin Wiggins — 202

SpecialistJim Brown — 242Alex Spence — 191Andy Teasdall — 188