September 4, 2010 by staff
Sullen is thin and cut into its second season, weighing a svelte 305 pounds after reporting to 357 last summer.
“It was a long process,” said Bosco. “It seemed a lot more than a year. But it came down to a point where I lost weight or it would not be able to produce.”
As a result, he is in the mix of serious playing time on the offensive line.
Sullen representatives took place in August at right tackle, where he and Junior College transfer Brandon Mosley and Roszell Gayden are fighting for the only job vacancies in the line, replacing the graduated Andrew McCain.
“That is still completely open. I will not rule out anyone yet,” said Grimes. “I have no loyalty to anyone other than the best.”
Sullen processing and versatility gives new options for Auburn in a line still lacks depth.
“Let’s say he did win the right tackle position – which he still needs to be a guy who could move within us if we had an injury,” said Grimes. “He is smart enough to cross train a bit, but we are trying to give most of his work at the front.”
That’s even Sullen in the picture is remarkable. The Tigers signed him late in the process after Gene Chizik was hired in December 2008, taking a chance in the hiring of three stars in the backyard of Auburn.
Many fall Sullen, who weighed 340 pounds his senior year at Auburn High, a project at the university level.
He does not help by reporting nearly 20 pounds heavier than when he signed.
His first year was almost a lost cause. Bosco began as a guard against Ball State during the fourth week in place of Byron Isom suspension and handles himself very well, but was replaced next week by Bart Eddins.
Sullen greater contribution beyond that was one of the individual protective Auburn in punt formation.
“I would like again last year, but is in the past,” he said.
Sullen pledged to eliminate weight during the offseason. He exercised more, doing extra cardio work under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall.
He revised his diet, eliminating fat and replacing it with vegetables and grilled dishes. Forty-two pounds later, all his clothes are too big.
“Coach Yox does a great job with our strength program actually cut people’s diets and added weight training, which is able to do that with a lot of guys,” Chizik said. “But they have to want to. And he did. That says a lot about the commitment of John to what to do here.”
The results are noticeable. Sullen footwork has improved by leaps and bounds. He retained his power, but is more agile, able to get to the linebackers quicker and more confident in their ability to block in space.
“And that has really grown and matured, and is a much more harsh and effort that was at all times last year,” said Grimes.
Sullen Said: “It’s just a completely new game for me now.”
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