Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
It's like Christmas in March for those of us who keep a spreadsheet of the players currently on the WSU roster ... so me.
Washington State begins spring football on Thursday which means the Cougars released their spring roster today.
With no official roster updates from the end of the season to now, the spring roster is a great chance to catch up on who left, who's new and the various weight gains/losses of the offseason. In other words, it's time to spring rosterbate.
The seniors from last season are obviously gone, but they weren't the only scholarship players to depart over the offseason. Justin Clayton, Cody Clements, Brandon Golden and Khalil Pettway are no longer listed on WSU's roster. Of that group, I believe Clayton is the only player who's departure wasn't previously reported.
Clements and Golden transferred while Pettway was forced to retire due to injury.
Including walk-ons there are 13 new players on the roster. Lyman Faoliu, Robert Lewis, Ivan McLennan, B.J. Salmonson and Jacob Seydel are the new scholarship additions. No surprises there as the junior college recruits from the 2013 class (minus Vince Mayle) and the 2012 grayshirts are all in.
Important walk-on alert for the Batman fans in the group. WSU now has a player named Adam West on the roster.
With the departures and new arrivals, WSU has an estimated 65 players on scholarship currently on the roster. The Cougars have 19 more members of the 2013 signing class scheduled to join the team for the fall which would put them at 84 scholarship players for next season.
Weight Gains and Losses:
We all know Mike Leach likes big offensive linemen so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that three offensive linemen were among the five biggest weight gainers. Eduardo Middleton gained 24 pounds during his redshirt freshman season. Jake Rodgers, Toni Pole, Destiny Vaeao also gained at least 20 pounds.
Henry Eaddy put on considerable weight as well, jumping from 158 to 175. It will be interesting to see if he was able to keep his speed with the weight gain.
Connor Halliday is still rail-thin and actually lost six pounds from last season. The most interesting change to me is Ioane Gauta who lost 19 pounds. It's possible he could be shifting from the nose to a defensive end position or maybe he just had bad weight on last year and is in better shape after his first year in a college program.
Here are all of the changes, in a nifty sortable chart.
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And the 2013 WSU spring via Christian Caple.