The Weighting Game

Twenty-six different Irish players packed on pounds since spring ball. Eight made double-digit gains. And a sophomore rush end made the biggest jump of all.

Grant Blankenship would have made an impression just by showing up.

Part of Notre Dame’s dwindling group of young defensive ends, Blankenship can’t help but play an important role this season as the program’s exodus of pass rushers continued on Wednesday with Kolin Hill, who following Jhonny Williams, who followed Bo Wallace.

For Blankenship, those defection mean Notre Dame can’t afford not to play him. However, it also appears the Texas product spent the off-season working himself into a spot where he can be more than a default option.

Among the 26 different players who put on weight – or at least had their listed weights bumped up – from spring practice, Blankenship led all players with a 21-pound jump to 273 pounds. Seven other players made double-digit gains, although that group included Hill, who added 15 pounds to get to 245.

The other big gainers were Justin Brent (+15 pounds to 220), Tristen Hoge (+19 pounds to 300), Romeo Okwara (+10 pounds to 270), James Onwualu (+12 pounds to 232), Doug Randolph (+15 pounds to 255) and Elijah Shumate (+11 pounds to 224).

Max Redfield added seven pounds to get to 205.

Players who gained five pounds or less: Nicky Baratti (210), Alex Bars (320), Devin Butler (200), Amir Carlisle (195), Micah Dew-Treadway (300), Matthias Farley (210), Will Fuller (184), Torii Hunter Jr. (195), Tyler Luatua (255), Cole Luke (193), Greer Martini (245), John Montelus (320), Nyles Morgan (240), Jaylon Smith (240), Jerry Tillery (305), Andrew Trumbetti (260) and John Turner (220).

Notre Dame’s updated roster also included the freshman class in full.

Here are the jersey numbers, heights and weights for the incoming class.
 

No. Player Ht. Wt.
33 Josh Adams 6-1? 212
30 Josh Barajas 6-1? 235
27 Asmar Bilal 6-2 215
81 Miles Boykin 6-3? 225
24 Nick Coleman 5-11½ 185
4 Te'Von Coney 6-0¾ 235
14 Shaun Crawford 5-8½ 180
97 M. Dew-Treadway 6-5 300
28 Nicco Fertitta 5-8¼ 185
83 Jalen Guyton 6-0¾ 200
66 Tristen Hoge 6-4¼ 300
10 Alize Jones 6-4½ 240
57 Trevor Ruhland 6-3¼ 292
86 E. St. Brown 6-4 205
9 C.J. Sanders 5-8 185
58 Elijah Taylor 6-2¾ 285
77 Brandon Tiassum 6-3½ 302
99 Jerry Tillery 6-6½ 305
26 Ashton White 5-10¾ 182
34 Dexter Williams 5-10¾ 200
18 Mykelti Williams 5-10¾ 200
12 Brandon Wimbush 6-1 216
19 Justin Yoon 5-9¾ 185

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