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Southwest Washington high school football linemen say healthy weight gain is key to play

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 7, 2022, 6:07am
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While some high school athletes cut down on what they consume to keep their weight low, linemen like Camas High School's Carson Osmus are in the opposite situation. Earlier this year, Osmus attended a football recruiting showcase and came away with an eye-opening realization. "Everybody was 30 or 40 pounds on me, and pushing me around," he said. "I was exercising a lot, but I wasn't eating enough. I needed to eat more." Osmus added 30 pounds in the off-season, eating 4,000-5,000 calories per day.
While some high school athletes cut down on what they consume to keep their weight low, linemen like Camas High School's Carson Osmus are in the opposite situation. Earlier this year, Osmus attended a football recruiting showcase and came away with an eye-opening realization. "Everybody was 30 or 40 pounds on me, and pushing me around," he said. "I was exercising a lot, but I wasn't eating enough. I needed to eat more." Osmus added 30 pounds in the off-season, eating 4,000-5,000 calories per day. (Elayna Yussen for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Ask Carson Osmus about his 1,000-calorie homemade protein shake, and the Camas High School offensive lineman lists go-to ingredients for weight gain: protein powder, Greek yogurt, peanut butter and bananas.

“Sometimes, if I worked out a lot that day, I’ll add some chocolate milk,” said Osmus, a junior.

For months prior to the 2022 high school football season, Osmus’ focus on football centered around food.

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