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Earl Mitchell bulks up from 287 to 308 pounds

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 11, 2012 – 10:56 am

Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell looks like a different person walking around Reliant Stadium these days – or, at least, a much bigger person.

That’s because Mitchell is now a lean, barrel-chested 308 pounds, up from the 287 at which he played last season. Entering his third year in the NFL, he took it upon himself to strengthen his upper body with a rigorous offseason of training.

“It was kind of a conscious effort,” Mitchell (6-3) said on Thursday. “I just focused on knowing what I needed to do and just kind of the battles that I was going through, knowing that I needed to weigh a little bit more just to withstand those double teams in playing nose tackle. I thought that this was going to be a big year for me, so I approached it very seriously and pretty much just wanted to hit it with a full head of steam to build off of how I was playing in the latter part of the season.”

Mitchell, a third-round pick out of Arizona in 2010, rotated with starting nose tackle Shaun Cody in 2011. He played in all 16 games with 27 tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries, and recorded the first sack in Texans playoff history.

So how did Mitchell put on all that weight? He says it started with buying dumbbells to use while sitting around the house – “whenever I had some free time, whenever I was bored.” He also worked out at the University of Houston with Brian Odom, his strength coach at the University of Arizona who was hired by the Cougars this spring.

Of course, Mitchell also ate more, too.

“I taught myself how to cook a little bit, so that was a big addition to my offseason,” he said. “That way I could just eat whenever I wanted. I would go to Smoothie King every morning, get like a huge shake from there. I would go work out, and right after that, I would eat. I kind of just developed a routine. That was pretty much the big difference as opposed to my two previous seasons, just making a routine and sticking to it.”

Even though he’s 21 pounds bigger than last season, and heavier than ever before, Mitchell hasn’t felt slower during the first few weeks of the Texans’ offseason conditioning program.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’m maintaining the weight and running good, and I’m actually feeling good heading into the OTAs. Hopefully, it’ll translate on the field.

“I feel pretty much the same. So far, I noticed a big change in the weight room. I’ve gotten a lot stronger, and I feel a whole lot better and just a whole lot more confident just being around my teammates, just feeling stronger and feeling a little bit more healthy conditioning-wise.”

And what have his teammates said about the new Earl?

“They’ve got a little jokes like here and there, but they’re all happy about what I’ve done in the offseason,” he said. “They can notice the gradual change, and they notice a big difference in how I actually approached this offseason. So it’s just a good feeling to know that they’re confident.”

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13 Responses to “Earl Mitchell bulks up from 287 to 308 pounds”

  1. By PattyMac on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go big man , keep it up we Texan fans are expecting big things. Or should I say bigger things. Go TEXANS!!

  2. By PattyMac on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go big man. Keep it up we Texan fan are expecting big things this year. Or should I say Bigger things. Go TEXANS!

  3. By Dirty D on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    good job Earl!!! cant wait to see you in action this season…. its gonna be nasty bro with Wades scheme… i loved watching the meanest d-fense in the league last year and hope we can have another year like it this time around!!!! GO TEXANS!!!

  4. By texansfan2012 on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    great job man we need more dedicated players like yourself to get to the next level. Good luck this season kick some *** this year

  5. By Joshua on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    damn good brother, tie up some double teams and plug up the lanes! Let the other players worry about the rest homie.

  6. By Kelly on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Here is a man taking responsibility for his own success. Great job Earl!!

  7. By Richard on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    I look for a great season, Brooks Reed & JJ Watt can only get better.

  8. By B Spears on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    How about The Mercilus D instead of Bulls on Parade ?

  9. By CKW on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    Earl ,good thinking. Id also like to see you develop more of an inside spin move if possible and also hopefully you will be strong enough now to just club the guard and or center with the strength of your arms,..I MEAN JUST SLAP EM out of the way!!! With this extra muscle you start thumping Cody on that gigantic skull of his!!HA HA

  10. By cole on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    does any of you know total drama

  11. By The Texans Fan on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think he played better than Cody last year coming off the bench, not taking anything from Cody but Mitchell made very good plays last season.

  12. By rkw46 on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    That boy outta North Shore!! Keep up the good work you have come along way from playing fullback.

  13. By vincent on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    hi mitch
    i am a dude that you talked about at wonder food. if you have time send me some notes. I am very truly proud of you. you are a truly inspirational person that we need in trinity garden. it does not matter how your football career turn out, never nerver forget where you came from, what you learned and what you have witnessed. if you can do that I guaranty you will suceed greatness in life. remember to count your blessing and give thamk to GOD before you go to sleep, because what is given can be taken away if you miss used it.

    good luck and go texan


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