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Monday, August 11, 2014

Updated roster shows big gains for several KU football players

KU quarterback Montell Cozart, center in red, and the rest of the Jayhawk team warm up during the first KU football practice Friday on the football practice fields south of Memorial Stadium.

KU quarterback Montell Cozart, center in red, and the rest of the Jayhawk team warm up during the first KU football practice Friday on the football practice fields south of Memorial Stadium.

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Kansas University football officials on Monday released an updated player roster with several new weights, many of them for the newcomers.

The weights that changed were from their most recent weigh-in and differed from what was listed on signing day last February, before many of the players arrived in Lawrence and began working with KU strength coach Scott Holsopple.

Here's a quick rundown of the players whose listed weight changed:

Freshman offensive lineman Apa Visinia down 20 from 380 pounds to 360 pounds

Freshman running back Corey Avery up 25 from 170 to 195

Freshman center Jacob Bragg down 10 from 305 to 295

Junior defensive lineman Kapil Fletcher up 14 from 261 to 275

Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart up 10 from 190 to 200

Freshman cornerback Matthew Boateng up 10 from 175 to 185

Junior defensive lineman Andrew Bolton up 5 from 285 to 290

Freshman wide receiver Darious Crawley up 7 from 183 to 190

Junior cornerback Ronnie Davis up 10 from 185 to 195

Freshman safety Joe Dineen up 2 from 208 to 210

Senior offensive lineman Ngalu Fusimalohi down 5 from 315 to 310

Freshman defensive lineman Lay'Trion Jones down 2 from 297 to 295

Junior running back De'Andre Mann up 3 from 195 to 198

Freshman wide receiver Tyler Patrick up 6 from 170 to 176

Junior cornerback Kevin Short up 5 from 185 to 190

Freshman linebacker Kyron Watson up 15 from 220 to 235

Freshman defensive lineman D.J. Williams up 4 from 288 to 292

Junior offensive lineman Devon Williams up 20 from 340 to 360

Freshman defensive lineman Daniel Wise up 19 from 241 to 260.

Comments

Brett McCabe 3 months, 2 weeks ago

25 pound weight gain for a running back? Holy cow.

The most important 10-pound weight gain for KU football may be MC's. He needed to beef up in a big way.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 2 weeks ago

RB Corey Avery up 25 to 195 DL Daniel Wise up 19 to 260 LB Kyron Watson up 15 to 235 DL Kapil Fletcher up 14 to 275

That may explain part of Matt's comment the other day regarding the appearance of Avery & Watson in particular. It would seem to put both in a position to begin contributing, though both currently have quality experienced players in front of them. It would be nice if some of the JC DL recruits could contribute and allow that much more time for Wise in particular to continue to mature and be that much stronger/faster down the road.

QB Montell Cozart up 10 to 200 CB Matthew Boateng up 10 to 185 CB Ronnie Davis up 10 to 195 WR Darious Crawley up 7 to 190

Generally encouraging. Crawley in particular would seem to be a freshman most likely to contribute this year due to the generally limited # of experienced, productive players returning.

OL Apa Visinia down 20 to 360 pounds OC Jacob Bragg down 10 to 295

On the other end of the spectrum, we've the big boyz getting lean and mean. If I recall correctly, Apa's down from 380 or so when he was first being recruited. My guess is both still have a bit of transformation in them. Not sure what to think of Williams. It that is a solid 20 lbs, then that sounds very encouraging for the OL depth.

Junior offensive lineman Devon Williams up 20 from 340 to 360

Mark Lindrud 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Freshman safety Joe Dineen up 2 from 208 to 210 and Junior running back De'Andre Mann up 3 from 195 to 198. They must look huge now! I am excited.

Jonathan Allison 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Until I see these big offensive guards and tackles guys bulldoze some d-linemen, I just see a bunch of numbers up there. Who was the guy last year who was supposed to be a star LT in the league #75 and he didn't know how to play the position and we had to move him to RT? Dude was built like a Mack truck. He looked like a 6'6" 330 LB full back, his legs were as big around as beach balls. Aslam Sterling.

David Kemp 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Watson is an animal. Watch out! At 235 with the way he moves this guy is the real deal and he will get serious playing time if he has half an instinct.

Jay Beakum 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Watson at 235 is what stood out to me too. Heeney is obviously entrenched at MLB but everybody else better be playing their tails off because Bowen is gonna have a hard time keeping that dog on a leash.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

Watson having a big year could pay huge dividends for us in Feb. He and Tony have a Sr DE teammate (Terry Beckner Jr.) that is a quantum leap better than either, and at least considering KU. Without a doubt, he would be a game changer from day 1.

David Lara 3 months, 2 weeks ago

A lot of immediate impact guys showing improvement already. The most encouraging thing for the future I think is getting 2 frosh D-liners in the 290 range. They might have to get thrown into the fire earlier than I would want because we are thin there, but when is the last time we got 2 frames that size with 4 years of growth ahead. Turning the page on the d-line would finally get us on an even playing field with the rest of the conference which has been rare.

Mark Lindrud 3 months, 1 week ago

I did notice that too. We quite a few seniors leaving this year it will be important that younger guys are putting in the work knowing that if not this year, next year they will be counted on heavily.

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