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What the 11 major FSU player weight changes mean

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These 11 players added or lost more than 10 pounds since last year.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Florida State Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

A year ago, several Florida State players looked a lot different than they do today, if the official height and weight numbers the new roster are to be believed, when compared to the previous year’s roster.

It is worth noting that updating weights on all 85 players can be hard, and some of the numbers don’t look all that updated. Brendan Sonnone compiled most of the changes. Let’s take a look at what the top 11 might mean.

  • Offensive tackle Josh Ball, sophomore, +38 pounds: This almost looks like a misprint. It probably is. Ball is now listed at 325 pounds, but was listed at 287 last season, though he looked significantly bigger than that. This could be a case of Ball’s weight in last year’s media guide being copied from his recruiting profile, as opposed to being updated when he enrolled as a freshman. Still, he has put on some good weight.
  • Kicker Ricky Aguayo, sophomore, +23: It’s hard to believe a kicker put on 23 pounds in an offseason, so the “2016 weight was taken from his recruiting profile and maybe not totally accurate” idea I discussed with Ball, above, might also apply here. But it makes sense that a player adds weight from freshman to sophomore year.
  • Defensive end Delvin Purifoy, redshirt junior, +18: Purifoy was a promising linebacker who had a horrendous lower leg/ankle injury in his first semester on campus, and has never regained his speed. He is now trying to play defensive end at 264 pounds. While everyone wishes him luck, it seems doubtful he’ll get much run, because quickness matters at defensive end, too. He should be on track to get his degree this year if he’s been making academic progress.
  • QB J.J. Cosentino, redshirt junior, +17: 247 pounds for the backup QB? Not sure what to make of this.
  • Defensive back Carlos Becker, sophomore, +13. Becker is a 6’2 corner who also plays safety, so him getting up to 196 is a good sign.
  • Center Andrew Boselli, redshirt freshman, +13: Boselli added some good weight during his redshirt season. That’s encouraging.
  • Cornerback Levonta Taylor, sophomore, +11: Taylor at 180 is better than 169 pounds. It should help him be more physical against the run and pass.
  • Defensive end Jacob Pugh, senior, +11: Pugh is playing more end than linebacker now, so it makes sense that he plays at 240 as opposed to 229.
  • Fullback Jonathan Vickers, redshirt junior, +11: With so many talented running backs, Vickers is now playing fullback, not running back, so adding weight to help with his blocking is smart.
  • Linebacker Dontavious Jackson, sophomore, -17: Jackson needed to get faster, and he did it by trimming fat in the offseason. This is a very encouraging sign.
  • Defensive tackle Arthur Williams, redshirt junior, -26: Perhaps playing at 301 and not 327 will help Williams get a faster first step. He’s never made an impact, despite having some potential.