Calvin Ashley vs. Big Kat Bryant
Calvin Ashley and Big Kat Bryant have both put in some serious work since arriving at Auburn. (Photo: Inside The Auburn Tigers, Scout.com)

 

Auburn, Ala.--With the 2017-18 academic year now done at Auburn it’s time to officially turn to the 2018 football season for the Tigers and that means getting a look at the updated roster heading into the summer. As always there have been some significant changes in terms of size for the players since last summer, particularly with guys heading into their second seasons on the Plains. 

One of the positions that people will be keeping a close eye on is running back where both Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway are gone from last year. A player that is expected to be counted on to have a much heavier workload at the running back position after carrying the ball 74 times for 453 yards and a pair of touchdowns, junior Kam Martin checks in at 193 while redshirt freshman JaTarvious Whitlow is 216 and true freshman Asa Martin up nine pounds to 209. 

A wildcard on offense is sophomore Devan Barrett. Used mostly on third downs and special situations last season, the Tampa native was moved to wide receiver in the spring becasue of injuries to Eli Stove and Will Hastings. Now 195, up 11 pounds from last season, Barrett gives the Tigers a player that could still see time in the backfield this fall and is more prepared to run between the tackles with his added size.

Preparing to make a run at the starting center position, redshirt freshman Nick Brahms was injured during the spring with a broken bone in his lower leg, but should be back in plenty of time this summer to be ready to push Kaleb Kim for the position. Checking in at 276 pounds when he arrived last year, Brahms is now 304 pounds as he heads into his second season.

With an opportunity to play more this season, wide receiver/tight end Sal Cannella was just 228 last season, but has changed his body in the last year. Now at 232 pounds he's definitely leaner and stronger. 

On defense the biggest addition comes from sophomore pass rusher Big Kat Bryant. After a spring hand injury last year kept him from being able to lift and get bigger and stronger prior to his arrival on the Plains, Bryant played defensive end at just 225 pounds a year ago. Now with a full year under his belt the Georgia native is now 253 pounds. 

In the secondary Jeremiah Dinson is physically in a much better spot heading into the 2018 season after being listed at 186 last season. He now checks in at 195 and should be a more physical safety for the Tigers.

You also have players that have worked hard to lose weight and get in better shape. Perhaps the most dramatic of those is redshirt freshman offensive tackle Calvin Ashley. Checking in at 350 when he got on campus last year, the former five-star has worked hard and is now down to 322 pounds. Fellow offensive lineman Brodarious Hamm is down 19 pounds to 325 after starting last season at 344 pounds.

On the defensive side of the ball tackles Derrick Brown and Tyrone Truesdell have put in some serious work. Last season Brown was listed at 316 with Truesdell at 338. Brown now weighs 325 while Truesdell is down to 314. 

One of the most significant changes is by senior linebacker Deshaun Davis. Weighing 246 at the start of last season, the Mobile native is 233 coming out of the spring and poised for a big finish to his career.

Tyrone Truesdell is a player with a ton of potential at defensive tackle. (Photo: Adam Sparks, Inside the Auburn Tigers/AUTigers.com, Scout.com)

 

Also of note are the sizes of several of the true freshmen expected to see playing time for the Tigers this coming season. In the secondary, safeties Smoke Monday and Jamien Sherwood are both being groomed to play a significant role their first season as is cornerback Christian Tutt. Monday is up to 188 from 180 when he arrived while Sherwood has gained seven pounds and checks in at 207. Tutt has made a big jump, up from 185 to 195 heading into the summer.

Name

OLD

NEW

+/-

Devin Adams

244

239

-5

Wil Appleton

196

199

3

Calvin Ashley

350

322

-28

Malcolm Askew

182

192

10

Montavious Atkinson

218

219

1

Devan Barrett

185

196

11

Nick Brahms

276

304

28

K.J. Britt

239

228

-11

John Broussard Jr.

172

181

9

Derrick Brown

316

325

9

Tucker Brown

288

289

1

Big Kat Bryant

224

253

29

Sal Cannella

228

232

4

Anders Carlson

200

210

10

Tyler Carr

316

329

13

Craig Carter

198

194

-4

Cedric Chambers

187

188

1

Nick Coe

270

282

12

Chandler Cox

239

242

3

Nate Craig-Myers

213

214

1

Chase Cramer

205

198

-7

Marlon Davidson

282

278

-4

Deshaun Davis

246

233

-13

Javaris Davis

186

187

1

Ryan Davis

175

185

10

Jamel Dean

215

208

-7

Tanner Dean

202

210

8

Jeremiah Dinson

186

195

9

Josh French

209

205

-4

Phelps Gambill

282

284

2

Joey Gatewood

235

237

2

Devin Guice

160

164

4

Brodarious Hamm

344

325

-19

Marquel Harrell

308

307

-1

Jalen Harris

252

254

2

Will Hastings

167

166

-1

Mike Horton

318

324

6

Noah Igbinoghene

186

196

10

Alec Jackson

280

297

17

Shedrick Jackson

193

204

11

Jaunta’vius Johnson

324

326

2

Trent Kelley

280

298

18

Kaleb Kim

293

300

7

Griffin King

180

179

-1

Sage Ledbetter

181

182

1

Traivon Leonard

191

196

5

Tashawn Manning

320

323

3

Josh Marsh

209

217

8

Aidan Marshall

163

190

27

Asa Martin

200

209

9

Kam Martin

182

193

11

Richard McBryde

237

232

-5

Marquis McClain

226

217

-9

Ryan Meneely

322

303

-19

Malik Miller

225

216

-9

Smoke Monday

180

188

8

James Owens Moss

184

182

-2

T.D. Moultry

240

245

5

Robert Muschamp

244

240

-4

Jayvaughn Myers

192

187

-5

Peyton Nance

318

300

-18

Daquan Newkirk

295

306

11

Spencer Nigh

270

269

-1

Pace Ozmint

181

184

3

Jordyn Peters

185

191

6

Jacob Rogers

205

207

2

Dontavius Russell

310

320

10

Prince Micheal Sammons

292

300

8

Ian Shannon

222

236

14

Bailey Sharp

300

307

7

John Samuel Shenker

235

248

13

Sam Sherrod

198

199

1

Jamien Sherwood

200

207

7

Darius Slayton

190

190

0

Clarke Smith

226

233

7

Jarrett Stidham

214

215

1

Eli Stove

183

176

-7

Bill Taylor

227

234

7

Daniel Thomas

203

208

5

Barrett Tindall

202

214

12

C.J. Tolbert

187

199

12

Austin Troxell

292

305

13

Tyrone Truesdell

338

314

-24

Christian Tutt

185

195

10

Jacob von Eschenbach

211

211

0

Gary Walker

270

281

11

Prince Tega Wanogho

301

307

6

JaTarvious Whitlow

216

216

0

Andrew Williams

286

286

0

Darrell Williams

244

240

-4

Malik Willis

202

195

-7

Chandler Wooten

237

231

-6


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