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Auburn shedding the pounds

Gus Malzahn's offense doesn't suffer the overweight and chubby. After all, in order to effectively run the hurry-up, you must first be able to hurry. You can't go getting the meat sweats during the second half of games. If skill players are expected to run 100-plus plays per game, then so are the offensive linemen.

So it has to be with great pleasure that Malzahn and his staff at Auburn reviewed the work their players did in the weight room this offseason. According to Al.com, four offensive linemen in the Tigers' two-deep depth chart dropped six pounds or more, including Braden Smith (down 13) and Jordan Diamond (down 14).

Of the top 11 biggest losers, nine play on offense.

But the reverse was also true as seven of the top 12 biggest gainers play on defense.

For a defense that gave up 167 rushing yards per game and had the fourth fewest sacks in the SEC last season (21), that's good news. While Malzahn should be pleased with his offensive linemen getting faster, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp ought to be happy to see that four players in the defensive line's two-deep depth chart added 10 pounds or more.

Find out more about Auburn's most notable weight changes this spring in this by-the-numbers look courtesy of Al.com.