Tennessee's roster shows weight gains on defense, slimmed-down offensive line

Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson carries the ball on a wildcat formation during the third quarter against Florida at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson carries the ball on a wildcat formation during the third quarter against Florida at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

When Tennessee released its summer roster earlier this week, freshman defensive lineman Jason Carr weighed 260 pounds.

When UT updated player weights a day later, he had ballooned to 285.

Unless he feasted on one monster buffet, Carr presumably didn’t gain 25 pounds in one afternoon. But he was among several players who either gained or lost a notable number of pounds since last year.

The freshmen, many of whom are working under a rigorous college-level strength program for the first time, showed the biggest gains.

In addition to Carr, freshmen offensive lineman Austin Sanders (26 pounds), defensive linemen Corey Vereen (18) and Malik Brown (16), receiver Josh Smith (13), tight end A.J. Branisel (10) and defensive backs Jalen-Reeves-Maybin and Cameron Sutton (10) all posted double-digit increases.

The weight comparisons are not always scientific, particularly for incoming players whose initial listed weights may have only been estimates borrowed from the recruiting sites. It’s also not uncommon for players to lose an inch or so off their listed heights when they leave college and enter the NFL draft.

But the new roster does illustrate some broad trends.

In general, the defense added pounds, while the offensive line cut back.

Scholarship linebackers collectively added a team-high 63 pounds, including 17 for Channing Fugate, 14 for Christian Harris and 13 for Raiques Crump.

Non-freshman offensive linemen lost 45 pounds collectively, including 14 each by Alan Posey and Kyler Kerbyson, nine by James Stone and five each by Ja’Wuan James and Antonio “Tiny” Richardson.

While the incoming defensive linemen slimmed down, many veterans had lower listed weights, including Danny O’Brien (down 17), Daniel Hood (down 15), Marlon Walls (down 13) and Daniel McCullers (down 9). A full list of current numbers, heights and weights is available online at bit.ly/UTweights.

The new roster also confirmed the departure of 11 walk-ons who participated in spring practice, including four wide receivers. Three new walk-ons — CAK quarterback Charlie High, punter Trevor Daniel of Dickson, and Kingsport Dobyns-Bennnett athlete Devaun Swafford — were added to the roster.

All incoming freshmen also were listed, except running back Jabo Lee, who is not expected to qualify academically, and defensive lineman Kendal Vickers, who hasn’t signed a Letter of Intent or enrolled in school but is expected to arrive in July.

New quarterbacks Riley Ferguson and Josh Dobbs will wear No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. Other numbers for newcomers include: wide receivers MarQuez North (8), Ryan Jenkins (9), Josh Smith (25); tight ends Woody Quinn (84) and A.J. Branisel (86); offensive linemen Austin Sanders (60), Brett Kendrick (63) and Dylan Wiesman (71); defensive linemen Jaylen Miller (89), Malik Brown (90) and Carr (94); and defensive backs Malik Foreman (22) and Cameron Sutton (23).

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Comments » 15

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Can't wait!

Go Vols!

6972 writes:

Let's hope the bigger hunks can close some of the holes that at times last year were too big and too frequent. Go gettum DL. It's a new year.

Chappy writes:

I would be happy to donate any of my excess weight to a skinny freshman. I've got plenty to spare!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Can't wait to see how Bradley County does! Austin's a great kid. I'm sure the rest will be great too.

antonio14313 writes:

hopefully, the addition of this weight is muscle weight, and the subtraction of this weight is fat weight. and no loss of speed. more strength too.

go vols!

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DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Won't help. 4-8.

VolYork45 writes:

Some good number gains for the first summer session, and those numbers with continue to get larger. I think alot of the weight lost on the line is fat weight, which will increase speed and keep them in the play longer. Nice to see the freshman big guys getting bigger. And i'm going to have to go get a #11 jersey now. Think that kid can blossom into something special. Go Vols!

kazoo writes:

Talk about a hardy perennial: Every year we get the same story about how the offensive linemen have lost weight and will be more agile, and the strength coach has boosted...strength! Let's hope these improvements help the Vols on the field!

woodards71#1418089 writes:

Gaining and losing weight is all good, but an improvement in speed and awareness on defense would be great.

nocleats writes:

Keep pushing Vols! You either get better or get worse every day, you do not stay the same. "Give your all"!

jaydubuc writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Won't help. 4-8.

Go comment on your beloved Gator sites and quit wasting your time trolling.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Won't help. 4-8.

Will help. 7-6 after our bowl win.

BluezVol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Won't help. 4-8.

What an absolute, died in the wool, tried and true, red-headed, Richard-Noggin.

WaltGoVoIs writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Won't help. 4-8.

8-5.

At least.

Dooley is gone; you must have missed it.

Walt

UT '81

WaltGoVoIs writes:

I think we beat the Gators.

Walt

UT '81

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