The Buckeyes are a bit bigger this season.
With spring practice nearly upon us, Ohio State released its official spring football roster, featuring the most up-to-date information on each player, including weight. And after comparing this season's numbers to last season's numbers, it looks like this team is a little more massive than the 2019 squad.
Ohio State enters spring practice with its average player about 3.8 pounds heavier than at the start of the 2019 season, with the team adding a collective 406 pounds spread across the entire roster.
We also decided to take a closer look at the weight changes to each player, highlighting the biggest gainers, the biggest losers and the changes at each position group.
For returning players, we used weights listed on the 2019 media guide, which was published right before the start of the 2019 season. For early enrollees, we use the weights listed on their 247Sports recruiting profiles, which were updated at the start of their senior seasons.
Here is how the weight of each scholarship player changed from last fall to this spring.
Offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi was by far Ohio State's biggest weight gainer from the beginning of last season to this spring, just as Ryan Day said he would.
“He's a guy that we think can put on a lot of weight and get stronger," Day said of Vimahi following the season. "He's super athletic. His father is one of his coaches, and he from a young age has trained him to be an offensive lineman, but has done a lot of things with flexibility, with bodyweight stuff. And so he's very, very athletic, very agile, and with his lower half, we think he's got the ability to put on a lot of weight.”
So far, Vimahi has proven Day correct, putting on 42 pounds since the start of last fall.
Craig Young is the next biggest weight-gainer among scholarship players. As he continues his transition from a high school athlete to college linebacker, Young has put on 28 pounds from the start of last fall.
After Stover, four Buckeyes put on close to 20 pounds. Bryson Shaw and Cade Stover each gained 20 pounds since last fall while Noah Potter and Jameson Williams each put on 19.
Far fewer players shed weight than gained weight, but there were a few who had weight losses between the start of last season and now.
Though he's still an early enrollee and hasn't even suited up for an Ohio State practice yet, incoming freshman offensive lineman Trey Leroux has shed by far the most weight of any Buckeye since last football season.
Leroux is down to 335 pounds from the 355 pounds at which he was listed during his senior season in high school, dropping 20 pounds. Behind him, Baron Browning, Jaelen Gill, Ellijah Gardiner and Justin Hilliard have each shed weight as well, though none have lost even half as much as Leroux.
Weight Changes By Position
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All four Buckeye scholarship quarterbacks gained weight from their 2019 seasons to Ohio State's official 2020 spring practice roster.
C.J. Stroud was the biggest weight-gainer, putting on 11 pounds from his listed weight on 247Sports during his final season of high school.
Of the returning players, Gunnar Hoak put on the most weight between the beginning of fall to the start of spring practice, gaining nine pounds.
Starting quarterback Justin Fields – already the biggest quarterback on the roster – put on five pounds this year, up to 228 pounds from the 223 he weighed at the start of fall.
Ohio State's running backs saw a slight weight gain overall over the past few months with the two biggest backs getting even bigger.
Master Teague and Steele Chambers were already the two heaviest scholarship running backs on the roster, and they are each added five more pounds to their large frames with Teague entering the spring at 225 pounds and Chambers at 220.
Neither Demario McCall or Marcus Crowley saw any weight changes from fall to the start of spring with McCall staying at 195 – the only running back under 200 pounds – and Crowley maintaining his 205-pound weight.
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The wide receivers as a unit made a slight weight gain overall, but Jameson Williams made by far the largest body transformation of anyone in the unit.
Entering the fall, Williams was one of the smaller players on the entire roster, but after a few months, he's put on 19 pounds and is at 188 pounds entering the spring.
Though he's gained 19 pounds, Williams is still tied for the lightest weight among the receivers, but certainly is not in a class by himself as Chris Olave, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Jaelen Gill also weigh 188.
Next to Williams, fellow second-year Garrett Wilson saw the next biggest weight gain of the receivers, gaining five pounds since the start of his true freshman season.
Only two receivers lost weight since last fall with Ellijah Gardiner shedding five pounds from 205 to 200, and Gill losing seven pounds to move from 195 pounds to 188.
All four of Ohio State's scholarship tight ends put on some weight the past few months with the unit averaging a gain of seven pounds and no player weighing less than 253.
Jake Hausmann gained the most weight of the group, putting on 10 pounds since last fall, and Luke Farrell is not far behind with a gain of eight pounds.
Cormontae Hamilton – already the biggest of the group – added two more pounds to his frame while Jeremy Ruckert added three.
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Ohio State's biggest unit – in terms of both size and numbers – was also the one with the largest gains per player.
The slobs gained an average of nearly nine pounds per player since last fall with now every scholarship player in the unit exceeding 300 pounds.
Enokk Vimahi was the biggest gainer both in the unit and on the entire roster, bulking up a whopping 42 pounds since last fall. Vimahi now weighs in at 305 pounds.
Four other linemen – Paris Johnson Jr., Luke Wypler, Harry Miller and Nicholas Petit-Frere – have put on more than 10 pounds of the past few months.
Only three linemen have lost weight since last fall with early enrollee Trey Leroux leading the way with 20 pounds shed since the start of his senior season. Dawand Jones lost one pound since the fall and Wyatt Davis has shed two.
The cornerbacks maintained a relatively consistent weight over the past few months with Sevyn Banks, Tyreke Johnson, Shaun Wade and Marcus Williamson all entering spring at the exact same weight they began in the fall.
Early-enrollee Lejond Cavazos was the only scholarship player to lose weight, shedding one pound from the start of his senior season of high school.
Only Ryan Watts and Cameron Brown are listed with noticeable changes to their weight, with Watts gaining eight pounds since the start of his senior season of high school to make him 195 pounds entering the spring. Meanwhile, Brown added on four pounds to his frame, bringing his weight from 188 pounds to 192.
The safeties collectively saw a slight weight gain from last fall to this spring, but Bryson Shaw had one of the biggest size transitions of anyone on the roster.
Between the start of his first season and 2020 spring practice, Shaw has put on 20 pounds, bringing his weight from 175 to 195.
Two other safeties saw weight gains as well with Ronnie Hickman gaining five pounds since the start of his first season and Kourt Williams putting on five pounds since the beginning of his senior season of high school.
Josh Proctor is the only safety to lose weight, shedding three pounds since the start of last season.
Linebacker weight changes varied more than any other position with four players gaining weight, two players losing weight, and four players maintaining weight.
Craig Young had one of the biggest weight transformations on the roster, gaining 28 pounds as he continues his transformation from high school quarterback to Ohio State linebacker.
Cade Stover also had significant gains, putting on 20 pounds since last fall. Tommy Eichenberg and Tuf Borland were the other two weight-gainers, putting on three and two pounds respectively.
Justin Hilliard and Baron Browning were the two linebackers to lose weight. Browning – who was the heaviest linebacker on the roster – shed eight pounds while Hilliard lost four.
Ohio State's defensive ends collectively put on a bit of weight since last fall with Noah Potter leading the way, gaining 19 pounds since the start of his true freshman season.
Early enrollee Jacolbe Cowan has also bulked up a bit since the fall, adding 13 pounds since the start of his senior season of high school.
Zach Harrison is the next biggest gainer among returning defensive ends as he's gained 10 pounds since his debut season.
Javontae Jean-Baptiste and Tyler Friday each gained five pounds since the start of their second seasons on campus while Jonathon Cooper and Tyreke Smith both held steady.
Ohio State's defensive tackles have added some mass since the beginning of last season with four different players gaining weight.
Jaden McKenzie leads the way as the biggest gainer among defensive ends, putting on 10 pounds since the start of his true freshman season.
Jerron Cage and Haskell Garrett each put on four pounds since last fall while Taron Vincent has added two.
Only Darrion Henry-Young and Antwuan Jackson lost weight since the start of last season, shedding four pounds each.