TE Nugent adds weight, gets Army interest

Before the start of the summer, tight end Tyler Nugent (Kansas City, Mo./Staley) was 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds. With the help of a teammate he dubbed his “personal trainer,” Nugent has put on 15 pounds of muscle -- which has aided in his strength off the line and overall blocking ability.

Nugent said he and Staley quarterback Trent Hosick, a three-star Missouri commit, have been on a rigorous workout regimen that includes full-body strength training and the consumption of anywhere from 5,200-5,500 calories per day. The results have been positive, as Nugent has been looking for ways to put on weight as he prepares to play football on the next level.

“I’ve been eating like a horse and working out all the time with Trent,” Nugent said. “The pounds have been coming with it. It’s really helped me in my work ethic.”

Nugent, who has grown an inch to go with his added weight, has 17 receptions for 392 yards and five touchdowns this season for Staley, the defending Missouri Class 5 state champion. He has received previous interest from Northern Illinois, Missouri, Illinois and several other schools.

One of the newest schools taking an interest in Nugent is Army, a program that has discussed using him as a big target in its triple-option offense.

“They said they like my height and can see me playing receiver for them,” Nugent said. “They run the triple option, but they like having that big receiver to go to. I can be that for them.”

Nugent already has surpassed his individual numbers from last season. He finished the 2011 season with 11 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown.