OSU football: Malcolm Rodriguez 'pushing 230' as he develops his linebacker body
STILLWATER — A year ago in preseason camp, Oklahoma State’s Malcolm Rodriguez was forced into action as a linebacker after playing safety the previous two seasons.
He totaled 103 tackles and became a reliable force in the middle of the defense, despite playing most of the season around 210 pounds.
But Rodriguez spent the offseason focused on developing his body to better handle the pounding a linebacker can take near the line of scrimmage.
“I’m pushing almost 230, so I’ve gained a little bit of weight since last year,” the 5-foot-11 senior said. “The game goes a lot faster when you’re up there at linebacker, so now I’m used to seeing all those pulls (by offensive linemen) and everything. The feet are better.
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“I had to get switched over from safety feet to linebacker feet.”