Friday, March 13, 2009

Spring Football Roster released the spring football roster today. Most of the players seem to be pretty svelte, but there are a few interesting weights and position tidbits.

J.T. Floyd is listed as a cornerback. This seems to be his position for the foreseeable future.

Anthony Lalota was listed at 6'6", 260 lbs. on his Rivals recruiting page. The roster lists him at 6'4", 235 lbs. This is a considerable difference. Considering Lalota's raw skills, his size was one of the things working for him. Now it's apparent that he's smaller than some of our linebackers, and I think a redshirt is even more likely than I thought before.

Greg Banks is 275 pounds. That's the heaviest he's been in his career. Perhaps he's bulking up to play strongside defensive end.

As reported earlier in the week, Steve Watson is listed as a defensive end. He's now up to 251 lbs.

Former fullback Vince Helmuth has ballooned to 299 lbs. He's now a DT on a team that only has four defensive tackles listed on the depth chart, so it's very likely that he'll see the field this coming fall.

Both Kenny Demens (6'1") and Marell Evans (6'3") are 237 lbs. It's been reported that Demens might be able to play MIKE. If he becomes a viable option at MIKE, that allows a little more flexibility amongst the linebackers. It might allow Obi Ezeh to move from MIKE to SAM and let J.B. Fitzgerald find his best fit as well.

Last year's starting offensive line averages 289 lbs.

Mike Cox (6'0", 215) is virtually the same size as Brandon Minor (6'1", 216), so there's a big back on the roster to take over once Minor and Kevin Grady (5'9", 226) leave.

Vincent Smith is 5'6" and 158 lbs. He will almost certainly redshirt.

Brandon Smith is listed at 6'3", 211 lbs. If he's able to keep his weight/musculature in check, he should be able to remain at safety.

Mike Jones is listed at 6'2", 202 lbs. as a safety. He's been doing drills with the linebackers and probably will end up there eventually. Both Brandon Herron (222 lbs.) and Marell Evans (237) began their careers around that size, so it's obviously possible for him to get to linebacker size. Brandin Hawthorne is 195 right now.

Junior Hemingway is 6'1" and 226 lbs. That's very large for a wide receiver.


  1. The heights and weights are interesting. But, technically, these could also be inaccurate. Every team tends to distort some of these numbers.

  2. True. I find that college rosters are generally a little more accurate than high school/recruiting rosters, though. For example, I'm guessing Lalota's measurement of 6'4", 235 is closer than his recruiting stats of 6'6" and 260. He's probably about 6'3 1/2" and 232 in real life.