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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 11:08 pm | Updated: 1:17 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Some weight gain was good, some wasn't, according to Arizona State football coach Dirk Koetter.

Many of the Sun Devils' front-line players are bigger than they were last season.

Gains of 5 to 8 pounds were most common.

Defensive end Connor Banks gained the most weight, according to figures released Tuesday by the training staff. Banks is listed at 271, an increase of 27 pounds over his weight in spring practice.

Next was defensive end Matt Mason (20 pounds to 266), followed by offensive lineman Grayling Love (298), defensive tackle Shane Jones (306) and offensive tackle Stephen Berg (323), each of whom added 16 pounds.

Some of the players who reported too heavy have been doing extra conditioning after practice.

"That's one of the things I'm pleased about (the different scheduling). We have time for that," Koetter said. "We can do the extra conditioning and not worry about killing their legs."

There is no afternoon practice, so the players can recover from the extra workout.

"You don't want to lose them mentally," Koetter said.

Among the more notable weight gains were starting linebackers Justin Burks (11 pounds, 247) and Jamar Williams (7, 235), safeties Brett Hudson (7, 223) and Riccardo Stewart (7, 210), tight end Jamal Lewis (6, 245) and defensive end Jimmy Verdon (10, 283).

Senior lineman Regis Crawford added 11 pounds to 315 — and shrunk two inches. He's listed at 6-foot-1 this season as a guard after being listed as 6-3 last year playing tackle.

WIT AND WISDOM

Running back Cornel Canidate was one of more than a dozen players doing extra running. Canidate is listed at 201 pounds, a gain of four from spring practice.

Asked about the conditioning session, the Phoenix resident quipped, "We're striving for excellence."

EXTRA POINTS

Who was ASU's most consistent offensive lineman last season? "He maybe, maybe played the most consistent of all them," Koetter said of guard Tim Fa'aita. . . . Top recruit Kyle Caldwell wanted to wear his father Bryan's No. 50. Only thing is, that number is being worn by center Tony Aguilar. What to do?

Since one plays offense, the other defense, they're both wearing it. Which means that Caldwell and Aguilar won't be on the same unit in the kicking game. . . . ASU practices from 7:30 to 10 a.m. today and Thursday at Kajikawa Practice Field before heading up to Camp Tontozona on Friday for a 3:30 p.m. full-pads workout. The Sun Devils will hold the first of their two scrimmages at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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