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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pack players get fatter, shorter, and other anomalies

Pack Pride story on roster changes
Updated 2008 Roster

The bulk of the article on roster changes deals with players who either gained weight or lost it over the Spring, but there are a couple of curious updates, including YANCSSB's favorite player, Markus Kuhn, who apparently shrunk in North America's higher gravity:

Sophomore defensive end Markus Kuhn is up five pounds to 280 pounds. He's also listed an inch shorter at 6'4 and switched numbers from #62 to #91. #91 was previously worn by Ted Larsen.
And he switched numbers, which means I need to update my Markus Kuhn graphic:

The bad news is that, like every season, there are some casualties heading into the fall. Signees William Beasley (LB), Tobias Palmer (CB) and Marty Everett (DT) failed to qualify academically and I can only assume will prep this coming year. All three were solid signees for State, all ranked three stars by scout.com. Also not planning to attend State this fall are Ray Mangram (S) and Thomas Locust (DT). Per PackPride:
Mangram will head to Georgia Military College, a decision he made prior to signing with NC State, and the future destination of Locust, a defensive tackle out of Cerritos (CA) College, is unknown. Coaches at Cerritos informed Pack Pride that Locust not enrolling at NC State wasn't due to academics.
The distressing part of this news is that all five players are on the defensive side of the ball where State lacks the most depth. It's doubtful any of the bunch would've played much this year, but with injuries, who knows. Keep these five guys in the back of your head as "What could've beens" if/when State goes down Injury Rd.