That time of year: More fun with USF weights
Loyal readers of this blog know that once or twice a year, we play Jenny Craig for a moment and examine the subtle changes in roster weights -- and heights even -- when USF updates the information on its football players.
That time has come again, and there seems to be a movement toward speed over size, with more major shifts toward lighter Bulls than heavier ones. Roster weights have been updated in the past week or so, perhaps for the first time since last fall, and only three players, all redshirt freshmen, have gained 10 or more pounds in that span.
Defensive back Jon Lejiste has the biggest gain at 12 pounds to 197, with defensive tackle Cory Grissom next with an 11-pound jump to 300 even, and tight end Andreas Shields has added 10 pounds to now check in at 230.
On the other side of things, there are five Bulls who have double-digit losses, starting with redshirt freshman offensive lineman Josh Garvin, who's dropped 21 pounds to his current 273. Fullback Richard Kelly, who has moved into a hybrid "H-back" position this fall, has dropped 16 pounds to 233, and defensive end David Bedford, who admitted he joined the Bulls out of shape last fall, is down 15 pounds to 245. Senior punter/kicker Delbert Alvarado has dropped 11 pounds to 198, and senior Aaron Harris, shifting to defensive end from tackle, has dropped 10 pounds to 260.
And yes, there are height changes to report. Congrats to redshirt freshman linebacker Mike Lanaris, who somehow picked up two inches -- to 6-foot-2 -- while gaining just one pound. Walk-on linebacker Rony Delisca, who should contribute on special teams, dropped two inches to 6 feet even.