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Published on 05/27/2012 at Sun May 27 18:20.
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Kevin Vickerson

Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson in 2010, still not as big as Vickerson in 2012. (Joe Amon/Denver Post)

Apparently Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson has been busy — eating. He’s probably eating a gallon-size bowl of chili even as you read this.

The six-year veteran hopes to start for the Broncos in 2012, and to that end, he has upped his weight from 275 in October 2011 (when he was placed on Injured Reserve) to 324 at last week’s OTA’s — a 49 pound increase in seven months’ time.

What’s more, Vickerson says the weight gain is pure muscle. Reports the Denver Post

“It’s good weight, as you can see,” Vickerson said, laughing as he pulled up the sleeve of his gray Broncos T-shirt.

Vickerson said he dropped his body fat to about 24 percent, down from 37 to 40 percent a year ago, even though at the time he looked skinnier.

How do you gain that much weight that quickly while shedding fat? A quick bit of math suggests Vickerson was 169 pounds of “non-fat” in 2011, as opposed to 246 pounds of “non-fat” today. That’s a 77 lbs. difference. I’m no physician, but it occurs to me that could be all muscle.

This is all, of course, granted you take Vickerson’s word for it. And are you about to call a 6-5, 324-pound defensive lineman a liar?

  • Anonymous

    He will be feared. Orange Crush!!!

  • Anonymous

    See… There is no problems at all at DT… ;-)

  • Monty

    In May, just about anything will get me overly excited for Broncos football, and this story has me convinced we will win championships. More DT muscle = championships.

  • Anonymous

    haha, well he’s obviously hitting the juice extremely hard but everyone else in the NFL is too so good for us as long as he doesn’t get caught.

    The human body can’t put on more than about 25 pounds per year of muscle though. That’s in an entire year. 

    I know some of you are going to say “BS if you eat right and work out hard blah blah blah” so I’ll just quote the research to save everyone the time :)

    “The Colgan Institute of Nutritional Sciences (located in San Diego, CA) run by Dr Michael Colgan PHD, a leading sport nutritionist explains that in his extensive experience, the most muscle gain he or any of his colleagues have recorded over a year was 18 1/4 lbs. Dr Colgan goes on to state that “because of the limiting rate of turnover in the muscle cells it is impossible to grow more than an ounce of new muscle each day.” In non-complicated, mathematical terms, this would equate to roughly 23 pounds in a year! Keep in mind that high-level athletes are the subjects of these studies.”

  • Monty

    I was doing research before writing this post because I thought about going this angle. Where’d you find that?

  • Anonymous

    I knew it off hand (use to be a sports athlete trainer) so I just typed in “Michael Colgan muscle in one year” and pulled the quote from one of the first forums that popped up. 

    He talks about the study in his book “Optimum Sports Nutrition” too. 

  • Monty

    Thanks Trog.

  • Jon

    I think he’s going to have a good year. (Don’t kill me, East!) 

  • Anonymous

    LOL… Nice Monty, I’m with ya brother :-) 

  • Anonymous

    All joking aside I would have to agree Jon.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard that stat too, but can personally attest it’s not true.  There is a lot of bio-individuality at work here.  I put on 31 pounds in a year to play NT.  While I’m sure it all wasn’t pure muscle, I think it depends on the base that one starts from.  250 pound strength athletes have are starting at a very different physiological level that others.  I was constantly eating and hitting the weights like a demon, but I was starting as a guy who also rowed crew and threw shot put.  A dude who starts at 150 will have a very different experience.

    Now, with that all being said, Vickerson’s gotta be jacked on the juice!

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of DT’s… I just read Nick Fairley was arrested for the second time this year.  First time for weed, this time for a DUI and attempting to elude the police.   Wow… sometimes the best draft picks are the ones you DON’T pick.  See Rolando McClain too!

    On Vickerson… you have to consider he BS’ing when he says if was all muscle.  If you read the article, his body fat as a percentage went down, that does not mean all the weight he gained was muscle.  Just more muscle than fat.  I’ll take it, he can be a beast when healthy.

  • Anonymous

     I posted on another article about my questions concerning these numbers. I hope he is were he says he is and it is all good weight, because he a good player when he puts his mind to it.  If what he says is true, he had about 170 lbs of non fat body last year, no wonder he struggled.     I still think the numbers are goofy, but I like the possibility of him at 327.

  • Jon

     Vickerson hurt his ankle/foot last season. To help his muscles recover, Greek (presumably) gave him some goodies to help him regain his strength in his ankle.  Those goodies probably benefited him this offseason,

  • Anonymous

     While I recognize Dr. Colgan’s work, I have to temper his findings by recognizing that his book (that you mention below) was published in 1993. The understanding of the human body, as well as the understanding of the effects of supplementation has more than doubled in the almost 20 years since that was written. That being said, while adding that much weight in a year is not wholly natural, it is certainly the result of immense weight room dedication and a strict diet/supplementation plan.

  • MrEast

    Well now he’s not undersized! Haha

  • Duane Grasmick

    Lets just hope he plays big on the field

  • herc_rock