Latest BYU Roster Reveals Gains and Loses
BYU has recently updated its football roster, and it’s always interesting to see what players have done during the offseason in regards to developing themselves physically.
For example, star quarterback Taysom Hill is now listed at 6-2, 232. That’s up 11 pounds from his listed weight of 221 as a freshman and four pounds from his playing weight last year.
Despite the added weight, Hill hasn’t seemed to lose any of his speed from last year when he was making a comeback from knee surgery and wearing a brace. His combination of impressive size and elite speed make him a very rare athlete.
Meanwhile, Bronson Kaufusi starts the season officially listed at 6-7, 265. That’s down 17 pounds from his listed weight of 282 last year when he was the team’s starting defensive end. All eyes will be on the junior as he makes the transition to linebacker this year, trying to replace the departed Kyle Van Noy at the WILL position.
Bronson has been held out of contact in fall camp thus far while he makes his way back from a tweaked hamstring. It’s assumed that he’ll be ready to go when the Cougars begin actual preparations for their game at UConn to start the 2014 season.
Offensive lineman Manu Mulitalo is the heaviest Cougar, tipping the scales a whopping 373 pounds. True freshman nose tackle Jaterrius Gulley is the heaviest defensive player at 6-3, 346. Defensive back Trevor Bateman and Trey Dye are the smallest players on the roster, with both checking in at 5-9, 175.
Other changes of note along the offensive line include right tackle Ului Lapuaho (6-5, 333 Fr.), who officially checks in two inches shorter and 10 pounds heavier than previously listed. A number of his teammates up front have nudged over three bills, including Terrance Alletto, Brad Wilcox and Michael Yeck, who all weighed in at 305 pounds.
Ryker Mathews and Brock Stringham, two players who could see time at tackle and guard, weighed in at 320 and 310 respectively, while guard Kyle Johnson is now up to 303 pounds.
True freshman center Tejan Koroma (6-0, 280 Fr.), who has really impressed coaches in camp, is some 30 pounds heavier than the weight he was listed at when he signed his letter of intent in February. The youngster has already developed the reputation as being one of the strongest players on the team and has recently earned some first-team reps during practices.
The projected starters at defensive end have added weight as well.
Graham Rowley returned home from his mission weighing in at under 260 pounds, but he’s now listed at his pre-mission weight of 280 pounds. Meanwhile, Remington Peck has also added size and now checks in at 271 pounds, 21 more than he was listed last year.
Nose tackle Travis Tuiloma (6-2, 285 So.), has yet to regain some of the weight he lost while serving his mission. He played at over 300 pounds as a redshirt freshman in 2011. In addition to seeing time at the nose, he’s likely to rotate in at defensive end this year.
BYU fans will also be interested to learn that 6-foot-5 senior linebacker Alani Fua is now up to 234 pounds. Alani has put on about 40 pounds since arriving at BYU. He and Kaufusi will likely be the tallest pair of starting outside linebackers in the country this season.
Michael Alisa, Fua’s back up, is up to 228 pounds, while recent addition to the program, Harvey Langi, checks in at 6-2, 240. After being listed at 217 pounds during spring camp, inside linebacker Zac Stout is currently listed at 235 pounds.
Wide receiver Mitch Mathews reported earlier in camp that he had gained 10 pounds, and the roster reflects that gain. The 6-foot-6 athlete is listed at 215 pounds. Meanwhile, Jordan Leslie provides a good combination of size and speed at inside receiver, at 6-3, 215.
You can view the updated BYU football roster here.