Nose guard Jeremy Patterson is a freshman but he certainly doesn't look like one.
MADISON – The University of Wisconsin released an updated roster late last week that included new players coming in and removed the players with eligibility that wouldn’t be returning. What it didn’t have were all of the position changes, updated weights and what players had changed numbers. On Tuesday, UW made the 2014 Fact Book available, and it has those last three items up to date.
A couple notes after looking through it:
Jeremy Patterson is a big man and not just for a freshman. The nose guard weighed in at 326 pounds – 36 pounds more than the next heaviest defensive lineman. The coaching staff was extremely high on the Screven, Georgia, native and optimistic that he could help them this year. While his size does not gel with UW’s offseason of going smaller but quicker in the front seven, the 6-foot-3, Patterson could be valuable against teams, like LSU, that want to play power football.
While Patterson was up, senior Warren Herring was down. He was listed last year at 295 pounds, but was 12 pounds lighter this time around. If sophomore Arthur Goldberg (290) and Patterson can handle more playing time, it would allow Herring to move from his nose guard spot to end in certain packages.
A couple other notables that dropped weight were senior tight end Sam Arneson, who went from 254 to 244, and senior inside linebacker Marcus Trotter, who is now listed at 226 after playing at 233 a year ago.
Junior quarterback Joel Stave was also lighter, coming in at 220 pounds – 5 less than in 2013.
It was also an offseason full of adding weight for players, especially for guys in the front seven.
Redshirt freshman Chikwe Obasih, who is currently penciled in as the starter at one of the defensive end spots, put on 23 pounds, and is now listed at 268. His fellow Brookfield native, redshirt freshman Alec James, made the transition from outside linebacker to defensive end in the offseason and added 20 pounds to his frame, leaving him at 259.
Both of Wisconsin’s starting outside linebackers, sophomore Vince Biegel (244) and junior Joe Schobert (240), added more than 10 pounds.
While Marcus Trotter dropped weight, his brother Michael is up to 220 after putting on 15 pounds, as the senior made the move from safety to inside linebacker.
Sophomore Keelon Brookins, who moved from safety to outside linebacker, was up 16 pounds to 209.
On the offensive side of the ball, true freshman quarterback D.J. Gillins is now listed at 201, which makes him 16 pounds heavier than on the spring roster. UW’s offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig said on Signing Day that adding weight to Gillins' frame would be a priority.
Junior tight end Austin Maly put on 10 pounds and sits at 250, while redshirt freshman tight end Troy Fumagalli added 13 pounds to his 6-foot-5, frame and now tips the scales at 246.
Redshirt freshman tight end T.J. Watt, who missed most of spring practice with a leg injury, put on 12 pounds to get to 247.
A few more:
- Junior running back Melvin Gordon is up 6 pounds to 213. His backfield mate, sophomore Corey Clement, came in at 217, which was up 7 pounds.
- Taiwan Deal, one of the two freshmen running backs UW signed in the class of 2014, was lighter than expected at 216 pounds.
- D’Cota Dixon, another true freshman, weighed in at 206 pounds, which makes him by far the biggest cornerback on the roster.
- Junior cornerback Darius Hillary came in at 188, just a pound more than last year. And sophomore Sojourn Shelton is now 178, up from 172 in his freshman season.
Note: The changes listed below are based on what the spring roster had the players labeled as. Most of the moves happened prior to spring practice starting.
Matt Austin (FR)
Keelon Brookins (RS FR)
Jack Cichy (SO)
Leon Jacobs (SO)
Peniel Jean (SR)
A.J. Jordan (JR)
Carl Miller (RS FR)
Joe Schobert (JR)
Michael Trotter (SR)
Devin Gaulden (JR)
Rob Wheelwright (SO)
Austin Ramesh (RS FR)
T.J. Watt (RS FR)
Troy Fumagalli (RS FR)
Logan Schmidt (RS SO)