Corner and OLine are concerns, but how about linebacker? We have 9 listed on the roster and 5 incoming freshmen (2 are listed as defensive ends but are in the 220 pound range and could play as a “rush backer”).
Not much experience is returning; Emeke Egbule, Leroy Godfrey and David Anenih are the only 3 that saw any decent regular playing time. Some youngsters need to step up like Amaud Willis-Dalton (but listed at 200 lbs is he more a nickel?). Derek Parish has the size to be a classic downhill inside linebacker but how is he in coverage? We all know how teams like to take advantage of our inside guys against slot receivers. Jordan Milburn will be a junior so he needs to show something. Elijah Gooden can fly but he’s “only” 215 so we’ll see where he fits in. Roman Brown is a walk-on and listed around 225 but he was said to be making plays inside last year during the spring.
How will the incoming freshman fair? Dekalen Goodson is a 3-star but again, listed at 205 as is Zamar Kirven, who’s a 2-star. Both are outside linebackers. Donavan Mutin is a 3-star inside backer at 230 so he may see playing time right away by default. One guy I can see potential in is Logan Hall. He’s listed as a WDE but at 6-6, 225 and a pure athlete (excelled in hoops), hopefully he can wreak some havoc from the edge. Willie Smith is a 6-2, 245, SDE who may play outside as well as he’s a strong run stopper. Some of these guys will have to step up as Egbule and Godfrey are really the only guys who return any real production, stats wise.
What do you guys think about that TCU transfer Isaiah Chambers? He’s listed as a 260 pound DE. Think he moves to the edge in a 4-man front or is he an interior rusher? He’ll definitely be a wildcard.