That time of year again: Fun with roster weights!
Those of you have been loyal blog readers know the first true sign of spring here is the unveiling of the USF spring football roster and our curious inspection of which players have added -- or dropped - the most weight since the last measurements.
(We'll digress from the digression for a moment to share new jersey numbers for the nine January enrollees: Fidel Montgomery is 14, Josh Brown 25, Chris Bivins 31, Chandlor Mathews 57, Lawrence Martin 65, Alex Mut 84, James Hamilton 90, Eric Lee 91, Tevin Mims 99.)
Football weights obviously can fluctuate considerably over a period of six months, good or bad -- I'm comparing the new weights to those listed in the game notes last fall, which are probably from early September. (I'll also point out that, refreshingly, I didn't see any heights changing.)
Biggest gainers: Freshman walk-on offensive lineman Mak Djulbegovic led the way, adding 25 pounds to 282, just ahead of junior guard John McGhin, who added 22 and is now the biggest lineman on roster at 343. Freshman tackle Darrell Williams, who was listed at a svelte 265, added 20 to 285, and walk-on defensive lineman Cody Sanfratello added 20 to 265.
Next biggest? We mentioned that freshman defensive end Clavion Nelson had bulked up enough to slide inside to tackle -- he's up 16 pounds to 269. So, too, is senior walk-on defensive back Ernie Tabuteau, who is up 16 to 196 as he competes for a spot on the two-deep. Senior running back Demetris Murray, impressively, is up 14 pounds to 224, which should give him a little more power in the fall.
Others who added 10 or more pounds: walk-on FB Spencer Cavalieri (+13), walk-on TE Jake Carlton (+13), OL Thor Jozwiak (+12), TEs Evan Landi (+11) and Isaac Virgin (+11), QB Bobby Eveld (+11), S Jon Lejiste (+11), LB Edsel Caprice (+11), TE Jeff Hawkins (+10), QB-turned-LB Ryan Eppes (+10).
Biggest losses: Two of the biggest returning Bulls dropped a significant amount of weight -- 6-foot-9 Jake Kaufman, who has battled back problems, helped himself out by dropping 29 pounds to 333, and freshman walk-on Mike York dropped 23 to 334.
Is there a kicking specialist diet? Kicker Maikon Bonani dropped 15 pounds to 175, and punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann dropped 12 pounds to 212. Also walk-on Allen Singleton, shifting from DB to WR, dropped 10 to 185.
Other notables: Speedy-but-tiny Lindsey Lamar dropped 8 to 164. ... Antoine Pozniak, tiny for a defensive end, added five to 223. ... Defensive end Julius Forte, vying for a starting job, dropped 9 to 255. ... Quinterrious Eatmon, who famously dropped like 60 pounds in his first year on campus, is up 9 to 313. ... Florida transfer Chris Dunkley dropped 8 to 177. ... Tight end Mike McFarland added 7 to 247.