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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Don't always believe those heights and weights

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

When I was a little kid, one element among my favorites of going to a football game was collecting a game program. I loved nothing better than to scan rosters and check the heights and weights of players as I looked at them through my father's binoculars.

It led me to collecting many programs that probably still are around my parents' house somewhere. I guess I just wanted to add to the clutter of my bedroom.

If I had known then what I know now, I might not have been so diligent about all of the effort. Little boys don't know those heights and weights for their football heroes aren't always correct.

The best way to analyze the discrepancy is by comparing the heights and weights of some of the Big 12 players who attended the recent NFL combine and compare them with what they were listed at during their college careers.

The before is their listed height and weight during last season. The after is what they were measured over the weekend by the NFL.

It looks like some players have had the after-the-season weight gain, or maybe it could be attributable to increased workouts getting ready for the combine. The biggest weight gains were by Brandon Walker (plus-22 pounds), Graham Harrell and Stephen McGee (both plus-18) and Roy Miller (plus-15).

The only player who has grown from the season, fittingly, was Iglesias, who bloomed into a top receiver after barely being recruited. Iglesias grew by an inch and added six pounds since his roster weight was collected during the season.

Of the 40 Big 12 players who attended the combine, 22 of them shrank from their listed heights during the 2008 season. That included two wide receivers and a defensive back who each shrank by two inches -- Crabtree (6-3 to 6-1), Cosby (5-11 to 5-9) and Palmer (5-10 to 5-8). Cosby and Palmer's height change is especially noteworthy and won't help their chances to get drafted.

Fourteen of the players lost weight from the regular season. Biggest losers were workout warrior Lydon Murtha (nine pound loss), William Moore (nine pounds) and Chase Daniel (seven pounds). I know how diligent that Daniel has been in trying to lose weight, giving up his favorite meals from his beloved Panda Express back in Columbia to come closer to his target weight.

The comparison in heights and weights was interesting and has convinced me to never believe those figures in all of those game programs -- even if I still can't break the habit of collecting them to this day.