Roster weights! RB Lamar proudly up to 180 pounds
USF coach Skip Holtz had the microphone with a panel of six football players at Wednesday's Tampa Chamber of Commerce USF luncheon downtown, and when he got to senior running back Lindsey Lamar, he proudly asked him how much he weighed at the end of last season, and what he's checking in at now entering fall camp.
Lamar smiled and explained that he had been at 164 pounds as one of USF's lightest players at the end of 2011, but after a successful move to running back this spring, Lamar said he's up to about 182 pounds -- he's on the fall roster at 180, and that 16-pound jump is among the biggest of any Bulls player. In terms of durability and taking hits from linebackers, this will help him, and his confidence, in 2012. And moving in the other direction is senior running back Demetris Murray, down nine pounds to 215 to help his speed.
-- The biggest weight change for any player on USF's roster? It's actually a drop, as hulking 6-foot-9 sophomore offensive lineman Jake Kaufman, trying to get past back issues that have limited him in his first two seasons, is down 25 pounds to 308, an encouraging step as he tries to battle his way into USF's two-deep. As a true freshman, he was listed at 362, so this is a significant body change.
-- Next biggest gain after Lamar is defensive tackle Luke Sager, who is up 15 pounds to 297. Sager is in strong position to be a starter on the defensive line, and Kevin Patrick has been impressed by his leadership qualities as one of the more experienced tackles, next to Cory Grissom.
-- Rick Smith said he felt like some of his defensive backs got too big last fall, and he wants speed on the field, so he'll be happy to see that safety Jon Lejiste has dropped seven pounds to 205, and corner Josh Brown has dropped 12 to get to 181. Other DBs are also down slightly -- Ernie Tabuteau and George Baker down two each. Freshman Chris Bivins needed to go in the other direction, so he's up six to 176.
-- Linebacker Reshard Cliett, continuing to make the move from a safety's frame, has added 12 pounds to get to 223. Remember he was listed at 191 when he signed with the Bulls, so that's a solid 30 pounds in two-plus years. Asked about positions that concerned him entering camp, Holtz pointed first to finding a second corner and establishing linebacker depth, so this is a good development.
-- For the second year in a row, tackle Quinterrius Eatmon has dropped weight over the summer -- not the amazing drop he had last year, but a healthy 12-pound loss to his current 301 pounds. The only o-lineman making a double-digit gain is redshirt freshman guard Brynjar Gudmundsson, who is up 12 to 304. Even the biggest Bulls are losing weight -- the only three players over 320 are all down, with John McGhin down six to 337, Damien Edwards down four to 325 and freshman James Hamilton down six to 324. Lightest player? The only Bull listed under 170 is speedy receiver Terrence Mitchell, who's actually gained six pounds to get to 164.