When linebacker Byron Hobbs signed with the Texas Longhorns last December out of Fort Worth Eastern Hills, he only weighed 209 pounds, but head coach Tom Herman believed that the “sky is the limit” for Hobbs.
Now Hobbs is throwing down windmill dunks at 6’5 and 233 pounds following a little more than a month working with strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight:
According to Hobbs’ mother, Natalia Vaughns, her son was 219 pounds when he arrived at Texas in late May.
When discussing what appealed to Herman about Hobbs as a prospect, the Longhorns head coach cited his length, but noted that he’ll need to be around 245 to 255 pounds to play outside linebacker in the Big 12. Hobbs will likely play the hybrid B-backer position.
A redshirt is still likely, but with the new rules, Hobbs would be able to play in four games and still retain his eligibility — if he can continue adding weight before fall camp starts and make an impact on special teams, he’ll have a chance to see the field in 2018.