Nault feels the benefit of the added bulk.
“I feel like I've gotten a lot stronger in my lower body,” he said. “I feel like I've got more power and explosiveness.”
Now as the preseason No. 1 team in Class 3A, Kingfisher needs consistent, reliable production, and that's been Nault's specialty. It helps that he's running behind an offensive line with a good combination of size and experience, returning four starters.
And quarterback Grant Newton has a season of experience as well, giving the ‘Jackets a strong feeling of continuity on offense.
Of course, with the No. 1 ranking comes an added level of outside expectations. But Nault tells his teammates to embrace it.
“We've talked about it a couple times how people are ranking us high and have high expectations for us,” Nault said. “We talked about how we've got to grab hold of that, because we have high expectations for ourselves.
“I feel like a lot of people have grabbed onto it and have realized we've got to step up and do what we can to meet those expectations.”