Oregon Football: Ducks Show Up for Spring with Major Weight Changes

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2014

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Oregon released an updated list of weights for its players on the morning of its first spring practice Tuesday, highlighted by a couple near-30-pound increases along with some smaller improvements from the Ducks' most important players.

Here is the complete list of notable changes, per Matt Prehm of Duck Territory on the 247Sports network:

Notable Oregon Weight Gain in 2014 Offseason
PlayerOld Weight (lbs)New Weight (lbs)Change (lbs)
DL Sam Kamp258287+29
OG Doug Brenner279305+26
QB Damion Hobbs195220+25
DL T.J. Daniel253275+22
OL Elijah George250272+22
OL Cameron Hunt265285+20
TE Johnny Mundt232252+20
OL Matt Pierson260280+20
LB Tyrell Robinson201221+20
LB Joe Walker219237+18
OL Evan Voeller278295+17
LB Tyson Coleman223240+17
DL Arik Armstead280296+16
OL Jamal Prater281296+15
DL Stetzon Bair276290+14
RB Thomas Tyner201215+14
LB Danny Mattingly222235+13
K/P Matt Wogan197210+13
RB Kani Benoit200210+10
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu185195+10
WR Bralon Addison181190+9
DT Alex Balducci297305+8
LB Derrick Malone212220+8
RB Byron Marshall207201-6
LB Rodney Hardrick243231-12
Source: 247Sports

Sam Kamp tops the list and jumps off the page for obvious reasons, having added 29 pounds from a season ago. Recruited as a sprightlier 240-pound, 3-star defensive end, Kamp now looks poised to crack the rotation at defensive tackle.

Also standing out is rising sophomore tight end Johnny Mundt, who added 20 pounds to his frame after a breakout freshman year that saw him replace troubled starter Colt Lyerla (who left the team around the time of a cocaine arrest in October) and finish with 16 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns.

Further but not far down the list lie some of Oregon's top projected contributors in 2014: Junior defensive lineman Arik Armstead gained 17 pounds, sophomore running back Thomas Tyner gained 14 pounds, senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu gained 10 pounds and junior wide receiver Bralon Addison gained nine pounds.

The last two players listed above, Ekpre-Olomu and Addison, are arguably the most talented outside-the-numbers players on Oregon's defense and offense, respectively. Though their games are predicated more on speed and agility than power, putting on weight—provided it's the good kind—should help them build on 2013 and hold up better against physical teams (read: Stanford) this season.

Oregon will hold its spring game on Saturday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m. EDT


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