Clemson's Dexter Lawrence remains 'Big Dex' despite we…


CLEMSON – Big Dex is still Big Dex.

He’s just not quite as big as he used to be.

That became common knowledge last Wednesday when Dexter Lawrence stepped on the scales for the Clemson football team’s official weigh-in on the eve of the first practice of fall.

Coaches nor teammates nor even Big Dex, himself, knew what the numbers would reveal when his name was called.

“There was definitely a lot of anticipation for my weigh-in, because there was no telling how much I was going to weigh,” Lawrence said. “I didn’t weigh myself the last few days.”

Scales don’t lie, at least not the scales in the Clemson weight room, and the news was good.

“I’ve never been so happy to see a guy weigh 337,” Swinney said. “I mean not long ago he was a biscuit away from 350.”

Try 360.

“I got up to about 355,” Lawrence confessed somewhat sheepishly.

Big Dex didn’t get there by chance, as teammate and fellow defensive line mate Christian Wilkins learned rather quickly. On his first day on campus last year, Lawrence ate breakfast with Wilkins, who was left in disbelief.

“He probably ate about 10 eggs for breakfast – he had like two or three omelets,” Wilkins said. “I’m like, ‘How are you eating so many eggs?’ and he’s like, ‘Oh, I love eggs.’”

That’s not all Lawrence loves.

“He also had sides,” Wilkins said. “He had a waffle in there and all these other sides like breakfast meat.”

Lawrence offered a simple explanation.

“It was free,” he said. “So I thought, ‘Why not?’”

Lawrence also made a habit of ordering four-piece chicken dinners with all the fixings, then inflicting some serious damage on his personal favorite – ice cream.

“I’m an ice cream man,” he revealed Thursday. “I tore it up.”

So what’s his preferred flavor?

“Whatever tastes good,” Lawrence said.

That encompasses a wide variety when it comes to ice cream, so it’s understandable that Big Dex’s weight soared.

It also didn’t help that…

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