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.