One of the largest signees in Clemson history, Noah DeHond arrived to Clemson last summer at 6-foot-6 and around 300 pounds. The offensive tackle is even bigger and stronger now after his redshirt freshman season, and that’s a scary thought for the opposition.
DeHond is up to 315 pounds after gaining about 15 pounds during the year. The former top-10 prospect in New Jersey made gains in the weight room thanks to Clemson’s “Power Hour” strength and conditioning program.
“It helped me a lot,” DeHond told The Clemson Insider recently. “I’ve gotten so much stronger. My squat went up like 75 pounds, my bench went up by like 50 pounds, and I just feel like I can generate more force.”
The extra muscle was much needed for DeHond when going up against physical specimen such as defensive end Clelin Ferrell in practice.
DeHond feels the reps he got on the scout team against Clemson’s dominant first-team defense helped him improve in his first year.
“It’s tough going against the defense,” he said, “but it gets you better and just kind of helps prep you for spring ball and next season.”
DeHond trained primarily at left tackle and also saw some time at right tackle.
Looking ahead to the 2018 season, the native of Rochester, N.Y., hopes to carve out a role on Clemson’s O-line.
“I think there’s certainly a chance that I can work into the rotation,” DeHond said. “I still have a lot to improve on, but hopefully that’s something that I can work my way into.”
Reflecting on redshirting, DeHond said he benefited from the year to take a step back and get better.
“It’s nice that we have the ability to redshirt guys now, because I know they didn’t have that before like with John (Simpson) and Tremayne (Anchrum) and Sean (Pollard),” DeHond said. “I think it’s really beneficial for everyone, just getting that extra year.”
DeHond was an all-state selection and team captain at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. He committed to Clemson in August 2015, choosing the Tigers over Alabama and North Carolina.