FALL ROSTER: Charting the Cougs' weight gains

PULLMAN -- Perusing over WSU's newly released football roster, several Cougars have either made noteworthy gains or are bigger than advertised. Indeed, the Cougars have a new wide receiver who will be larger than some teams' defensive ends. Meanwhile, a senior defensive back who has always been known for his hard-hitting play added 17 pounds to his frame this offseason.

One of the more jaw-dropping numbers comes from junior wideout 6-foot-3 Vince Mayle.

The Sierra College transfer was listed at 220 pounds last season. Mayle now checks in at an eye-popping 240 pounds on the mass index.

And for those of you wondering if those ‘ell-bees' are going to cost him a step, think again.

I saw Mayle at the Student Rec. Center last week and the guy has some major wheels. It's no wonder a pair of freshmen defensive backs, in this CF.C article, spoke in reverent tones about having to cover him during voluntary offseason workouts this summer.

Another big-time noteworthy gain -- senior safety Deone Bucannon who tops the scales at 215 pounds -- up 17 pounds from 2012.

Bucannon could already bring the lumber, even as a 186-pound freshman he did that. But with 215 pounds now spread across his 6-1 frame, we could all be in store for another special year from ‘Buc.'

David Bucannon, meanwhile, is following brother Deone's lead. He's gone from 187 to 193 pounds.

Fourth-year junior QB Connor Halliday posted a seven pound weight gain, bringing him up to 190 pounds. That might not sound like a lot but that gets him into respectable territory, and will surely help his durability.

When DL Destiny Vaeao signed with WSU about 18 months ago, he was listed at 255 pounds. On opening day for the 2012 season, he was up to 270 pounds. Headed into his sophomore season, Vaeao now checks in at 290.

LB Feddie Davey is listed at at 200 pounds, up from 193 last season. LB Eric Oertel and BUCK Kache Palacio have added eight pounds, at 208 and 217 pounds, respectively, while DL Darryl Paulo has dropped eight pounds, at 262.

It doesn't take a big number for a wide receiver to look markedly different. Bobby Ratliff is pushing two bills now at 198 pounds, a gain of six pounds.

LB Justin Sagote was already quick but he might be even more so this season, having dropped five pounds down to 218. S Taylor Taliulu is six pounds lighter, at 196.

OL Jacob Seydel has added seven pounds since arriving in January, checking in at 290. OL Pierson Villarrubia has added eight pounds, he's at 293.

Also noteworthy, formerly a slight offensive lineman, senior guard Matt Goetz put on what I consider to be a crucial 11 pounds, bringing him up to 270.

While Leach likes his o-linemen three bills and better, 270 should give Goetz a better chance to withstand the rigors of Pac-12 ball and perform at a solid level all season.

Newcomer Isaac Dotson has a chance to earn playing time his freshman season with his combination of size and athleticism, but he's not as large as once thought. He was listed by Scout.com last season, and WSU on Signing Day, as 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. On the newly released roster, he checks in at 6-1, 212.

Some of the other incoming rookies are also a little lighter and/or an inch shorter than what they were listed at last year before joining the Cougs, but others have gone the other way. C Carlos Freeman is bigger than advertised at 6-3, 303 pounds after having been originally listed by Scout.com at 290 pounds.

RB Jamal Morrow is 10 pounds heavier, at 5-8, 190.

RB Gerard Wicks was listed at 5-10, 195 last year as a prep senior. Wicks begins his first fall camp at WSU later this week at 5-11, 202 pounds.

Oh and by the way -- senior kicker Andrew Furney dropped five pounds.

One last item -- one projection of the offensive line two-deeps has the Cougs averaging 293 pounds. That number could go up depending on how fall camp unfolds. The Cougs list nine offensive linemen at 300 pounds or better, and 17 hosses at 6-4 or taller.

CF.C will be updating the heights and weights on our roster over the next few days but in the meantime, you can find the newly updated roster here: .

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