Pac-12: Josh Hill
Tackling numbers are a little more difficult to measure in terms of value. A player might have a lot of tackles because he plays for a bad defense that sees a lot of plays. So while five of the eight guys who had 100 tackles last year are back, let's just start with which teams welcome back their top tackler.
Here are the returning leading tacklers -- calculated as per game average, not total tackles -- for each team.
- Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA: 10.6 tackles per game (No. 1 in the Pac-12)
- Jake Fischer, LB, Arizona: 9.2 tackles per game (No. 3)
- Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State: 8.8 tackles per game (No. 4)
- John Timu, LB, Washington: 7.0 tackles per game (No. 12)
- Brian Blechen, S/LB, Utah: 6.4 tackles per game (No. 17)
- Michael Doctor, LB, Oregon State: 6.4 tackles per game (No. 20)
- Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford: 6.2 tackles per game (tie for No. 26)
- Derrick Webb, LB, Colorado: 5.5 tackles per game (No. 39)
So eight teams welcome back their top tacklers, which is a good number. All eight are a good bet to again lead their team, or at least to be near the top.
So what about the other four teams?
Arizona State: Pac-12 blog favorite, linebacker Brandon Magee, had 25 more tackles than any other Sun Devil last year, and the No. 2 tackler was safety Keelan Johnson. The Arizona State defense tends to provide plenty tackling opportunities for its weakside linebacker -- Magee's position -- so the guy who emerges there figures to lead the tackling charge. The big question is whether senior Chris Young, the No. 3 tackler last year, stays at "spur" or moves to the weakside, or whether Grandville Taylor or Carlos Mendoza emerges and keeps Young at spur. Young was shared top billing at both positions on the post-spring depth chart.
California: The Bears are breaking in a new 4-3 defense, and that tends to make the starting middle linebacker the leading tackler. That's going to be Nick Forbes, who ranked 11th in the Pac-12 last year with 7.1 tackles per game, just behind teammate Josh Hill, a safety who averaged 7.2 tackles per game.
Oregon: This one is completely up in the air. Michael Clay led the Ducks with 101 tackles last year. Kiko Alonso was second with 81. Both of them are gone. No. 3 was safety Brian Jackson with 69. Strongside linebacker Boseko Lokombo is back, but he was 10th on the team last fall. Injuries this spring clouded things. Rodney Hardrick and Derrick Malone, who was eighth on the team in tackles last year, were both out, and Tyson Coleman got hurt after moving from outside to inside. Junior college transfer Joe Walker played well when the other guys were out. Rahim Cassell is another possibilty.
USC: The Trojans are doing the opposite of Cal: Moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 (or 5-2, as USC folks are calling it). But even with that, it's a good bet that "mike" linebacker Hayes Pullard will lead the Trojans in tackles next fall. He averaged 8.2 per game in 2012. That ranked seventh in the conference, two spots behind safety T.J. McDonald (8.6 tackles per game).
Offensive Player of the Year: Marqise Lee, WR, USC.
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Will Sutton, DE, Arizona State.
Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon.
Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Leonard Williams, DE, USC.
Coach of the Year: David Shaw, Stanford.
QB Marcus Mariota, Fr., Oregon
RB Kenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon
RB Ka’Deem Carey, So., Arizona
WR Marqise Lee, So., USC
WR Markus Wheaton, Sr., Oregon State
TE Zach Ertz, Sr., Stanford
OL Hroniss Grasu, So., Oregon
OL Khaled Holmes, Sr., USC
OL Brian Schwenke, Sr., California
OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, So., UCLA
OL David Yankey, Jr., Stanford
QB Matt Scott, Sr., Arizona
RB Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA
RB Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford
WR Austin Hill, So., Arizona
WR Robert Woods, Jr., USC
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, So., Washington
OL Jeff Baca, Sr., UCLA
OL David Bakhtiari, Jr., Colorado
OL Sam Brenner, Sr., Utah
OL Kevin Danser, Sr., Stanford
OL Sam Schwartzstein, Sr., Stanford
DL Scott Crichton, So., Oregon State
DL Dion Jordan, Sr., Oregon
DL Star Lotulelei, Sr., Utah (2)
DL Will Sutton, Jr., Arizona State
LB Anthony Barr, Jr., UCLA
LB Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford
LB Chase Thomas, Sr., Stanford (2)
DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, So., Oregon
DB Jordan Poyer, Sr., Oregon State
DB Ed Reynolds, Jr., Stanford
DB Desmond Trufant, Sr., Washington
DL Henry Anderson, Jr., Stanford
DL Morgan Breslin, Jr., USC
DL Ben Gardner, Sr., Stanford
DL Datone Jones, Sr., UCLA
LB Kiko Alonso, Sr., Oregon
LB Michael Clay, Sr., Oregon
LB Brandon Magee, Sr., Arizona State
DB Deone Bucannon, Jr., Washington State
DB Alden Darby, Jr., Arizona State
DB T.J. McDonald, Sr., USC
DB Nickell Robey, Jr., USC
PK Vince D'Amato, Jr., California
P Jeff Locke, Sr., UCLA
RS Reggie Dunn, Sr., Utah
ST Jordan Jenkins, Sr., Oregon State
PK Andrew Furney, Jr., Washington State
P Josh Hubner, Sr., Arizona State
RS Marqise Lee, So., USC
ST David Allen, Sr., UCLA
ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION
- ARIZONA: WR Dan Buckner, Sr.; LB Jake Fischer, Jr.; OL Kyle Quinn, Sr.; DB Jared Tevis, So.
- ARIZONA STATE: LB Carl Bradford, So.; DB Deveron Carr, Sr.; TE Chris Coyle, Jr.; OL Evan Finkenberg, Jr.; RB D.J. Foster, Fr.; RB Marion Grice, Jr.; DT Jaxon Hood, Fr.; DB Osahon Irabor, Jr.; DB Keelan Johnson, Sr.; QB Taylor Kelly, So.; RS Rashad Ross, Sr.
- CALIFORNIA: WR Keenan Allen, Jr.; RS Brendan Bigelow, So.; DB Josh Hill, Sr.; LB Chris McCain, So; ST Avery Sebastian, So.; DB Steve Williams, Jr.
- COLORADO: DB Kenneth Crawley, Fr.; TE Nick Kasa, Sr.; OL Alex Lewis, So.; DB Marques Moseley, Fr.; OL Daniel Munyer, So.; P Darragh O’Neill, So.; DL Will Perciak, Sr.; RB Christian Powell, Fr.; OL Yuri Wright, Fr.
- OREGON: OL Jake Fisher, So.; DL Taylor Hart, Jr.; WR Josh Huff, Jr.; DL Wade Keliikippi, Jr.; TE Colt Lyerla, So.; DB Terrance Mitchell, So.; DL Isaac Remington, Sr.; RS De’Anthony Thomas, So.
- OREGON STATE: WR Brandin Cooks, So.; OL Grant Enger, Jr.; DB Raashad Reynolds, Jr.; PK Trevor Romaine, So.; DL Andrew Seumalo; OL Isaac Seumalo, Fr.;
- STANFORD: DB Usua Amanam, Sr.; DB Terrence Brown, Sr.; DB Alex Carter, Fr.; ST Alex Debniak, Sr.; OL Cameron Fleming, Jr.; RB Ryan Hewitt, Sr.; QB Kevin Hogan, So.; RS Ty Montgomery, So.; DB Jordan Richards, So.; LB Shayne Skov, Sr.; DL Terrence Stephens, Sr.; RS Drew Terrell, Sr.; TE Levine Toilolo, Sr.; P Daniel Zychlinski, Sr.;
- UCLA: DB Andrew Abbott, Sr.; OL Jake Brendel, Fr.; WR Shaq Evans, Jr.; TE Joseph Fauria, Sr.; QB Brett Hundley, Fr.; LB Eric Kendricks, So.; DL Cassius Marsh, Jr.; RS Damien Thigpen, Jr.;
- USC: LB Dion Bailey, So.; QB Matt Barkley, Sr.; ST Tony Burnett, Sr.; TE Xavier Grimble, So.; PK Andre Heidari, So.; DL Wes Horton, Sr.; OL John Martinez, Jr.; P Kyle Negrete, Sr.; LB Hayes Pullard, So.; RB Silas Redd, Jr.; OL Max Tuerk, Fr.; DL George Uko, So.; DL Leonard Williams, Fr.
- UTAH: DB Brian Blechen, Jr.; DL Nate Fakahafua, So.; DL Joe Kruger, Jr.; TE Jake Murphy, So.; OL Jeremiah Poutasi, Fr.; LB Trevor Reilly, Jr.; DB Eric Rowe, So.; P Sean Sellwood, Sr.; OL Tevita Stevens, Sr.; RB John White, Sr.;
- WASHINGTON: LB Travis Feeney, Fr.; ST Justin Glenn, Sr.; DL Andrew Hudson, So.; DB Sean Parker, Jr.; RB Bishop Sankey, So.; OL Drew Schaefer, Sr.; DL Danny Shelton, So.; LB Shaq Thompson, Fr.; LB John Timu, So.; WR Kasen Williams, So.;
- WASHINGTON STATE: WR Brett Bartolone, Fr.; OL Elliott Bosch, Jr.; RS Teondray Caldwell, Fr.; LB Cyrus Coen, So.; DL Xavier Cooper, Fr.; LB Travis Long, Sr.; LB Darryl Monroe, Fr.; DB Daniel Simmons, Sr.
- By School: OREGON and STANFORD placed the most players on the first team with five selections each, followed by OREGON STATE with four.
- By Class: Of the 26 first-team selections, 14 are seniors, five are juniors, six are sophomores and one freshman.
- Unanimous: Only one player was named on the first-team ballot of all 12 head coaches--WR Marqise Lee of USC.
- Two-time selections: Two players are repeat first-team selections from last year--DT Star Lotulelei of Utah, LB Chase Thomas of Stanford.
- All-Academic: Two players were named to the first team on both the All-Pac-12 Team and the Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team--P Jeff Locke of UCLA, OL Khaled Holmes, USC. In addition, OL Kevin Danser of Stanford, DL Ben Gardner of Stanford and Michael Clay of Oregon were named second-team All-Academic and second-team All-Pac-12.
- Tedford on getting back to playing on campus: “It’s great to move home to Memorial Stadium … I know the players are fired up and the fans are fired up.” He says that the first two rows of the field are down and they should be on the field Aug. 15. “I think our players did a very nice job of trying to block out the distractions [of not playing at home].” He said the home environment at Memorial Stadium will be very special.
- Tedford said he feels good about having a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher coming back. He said there is a lot of experience on the defensive line, but losing Mychal Kendricks is a big hole to fill.
- Tedford says he has a lot of confidence in quarterback Zach Maynard. “I think the early struggles were really just about game management and that comes with experience and knowledge of what we’re doing ... we expect big things out of him this year.”
- Allen says there are guys who can step up and replace Marvin Jones.
- Tedford says it’s going to be an exciting year with the four new coaches. “Year in and year out you learn to have a book on some of these teams. With four new coaches, it’s an opportunity to match up with some of these new offenses.”
- Tedford says offensive lineman Dominic Galas pulled his pectoral muscle and is having surgery Tuesday afternoon. How it looks in surgery will depend on rehab time but he’s estimating about three months.
- Allen says he plans to be 100 percent heading into camp. “If I had to play a game today, I’m not sure I could last all four quarters.”
- Tedford says if you ask the fans if they’d rather be in the national championship game or the Rose Bowl, they’d pick the Rose Bowl. “It’s the measuring stick on where you want to be."
- Tedford said spending time with the New England Patriots was great and he spent time looking at their tight end package. "I think that's going to be critical for our success this year." He says that being multiple in their formations will take a lot of the pressure off of Allen.
Up next: Wilkerson wrecks.
Who & against whom: Coming off an injury that sidelined him for most of the 2010 season, Cal linebacker David Wilkerson had a monster game in the Bears' 34-10 win over Utah.
The numbers: Wilkerson logged six tackles in the game that was dominated by Cal's defense. Of those six, 3. 5 were tackles for a loss and 2.5 were sacks. He also had a QB hit for good measure.
A closer look: The Utes came into the Bay Area hoping to win their first conference game, but were denied by a motivated Cal defense that was also looking for its first conference win and had dropped its previous three games. Wilkerson picked up his first solo sack of the game on Utah's second offensive possession when he got to Utah quarterback Jon Hays on third down for minus-9 yards. He continued to get penetration before picking up a pair of assisted sacks in a three-play span inside the Cal red zone in the fourth quarter. Wilkerson, however, wasn't exactly a one-man wrecking crew. There were plenty of Cal defensive highlights in the game — including interceptions from Stefan McClure, Mychal Kendricks and a 32-yard pick-six from Josh Hill.
- Arizona isn't worried about using co-coordinators on offense. It's been a while since the Wildcats have won a nonconference road game.
- Remember Arizona State's Rudy Carpenter-Sam Keller mess 2006? Steven Threet-Brock Osweiler feels nothing like that. Lots of good stuff in this notebook.
- California hopes the early bird gets the worm. Josh Hill became a student of the game and is now a starting safety.
- Oregon's depth means lots of guys will play. Depth? Like this guy on defense and this guy on offense.
- Season ticket sales are up at Oregon State. This receiver is a player to watch for the Beavers. I disagree, Stephen Paea, double-teaming you is a good idea.
- Stanford QB Andrew Luck is ready for his close-up. Owen Marecic is going to be a true two-way player.
- UCLA's new defensive linemen have big shoes to fill. A key to a Bruins turnaround? Ending a pattern of injured QBs.
- It's hard to say what USC will look like this year, but camp was harder than in the past. Khaled Holmes at right guard is the final piece for USC's O-line.
- Washington's defensive coordinator is confident in his defense. The Huskies visit to BYU could define the season.
- Washington State has been talking about improvement; it's time to show it. Here's what Paul Wulff thinks about the season.
- The NCAA's ruling against Jeremiah Masoli is wrong. And again.
Jonathan Okanes does a nice job of explaining the hot spots.
Some quick observations:
- Quick, undersized sophomore Isi Sofele is the backup tailback, eclipsing Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, Dasarte Yarnway and Trajuan Briggs. That strikes me as a minor upset, but Sofele is a scatback type who can make plays as a runner and receiver. Coach Jeff Tedford always gives his No. 2 RB plenty of touches.
- The starting corners are Marc Anthony and Darian Hagan. Bryant Nnabuife is listed as the backup to both.
- Okanes notes that the top four safeties will see extensive action, but it seems notable that Chris Conte and Josh Hill are first team, meaning returning starter Sean Cattouse has dropped in the pecking order.
- A veteran -- Ernest Owusu -- held off a hard-charging youngster -- Deandre Coleman -- at one defensive end. Another hard-charging youngster -- Kendrick Payne -- eclipsed a veteran -- Derrick Hill -- at noseguard.
- QB Kevin Riley's backup is Beau Sweeney.
- The only true freshman on the depth chart is receiver Keenan Allen, who is No. 1 opposite junior Marvin Jones.
- The Bears will start eight seniors and six sophomores.
Strong: Offensive line
Why it's a strength: There isn't an area of the 2010 Bears that will blow you away, but the offensive line welcomes back five guys who've started at least seven games, as well as a couple of quality backups, though it was a hit when veteran guard Mark Boskovich opted to graduate instead of use his final year of eligibility. Donovan Edwards (seven starts) is the most likely candidate to fill a void at one of the tackle spots. The health of talented guard Matt Summers-Gavin is an issue after a shoulder injury and concussion limited him to eight starts in 2009. As a group, the Bears were better run-blockers (third in the Pac-10 in rushing) than pass-blockers (31 sacks surrendered) in 2010. The latter often improves with experience and continuity. If the unit stays healthy, it could be one of the stronger crews in the conference.
Why it's a weakness: The Bears must replace two starters, including two-time first-team All-Pac-10 cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson, and experienced backup safety Marcus Ezeff from a crew that ranked ninth in the conference in pass defense (267 yards per game) and seventh in pass efficiency defense -- and was a huge disappointment in 2009. There are some interesting possibilities at safety, where Sean Cattouse, Chris Moncrease, Chris Conte and Vachel Samuels will compete (and touted incoming freshman Keenan Allen, though primarily a receiver, might be in the mix, too). Cornerback, however, is a question. Darian Hagan fell out of favor as a junior, while Bryant Nnabuife and Josh Hill often were picked on opposite Thompson. Samuels might be an option at corner. Opponents completed nearly 64 percent of their passes against the Bears in 2009 and threw 20 TD passes, which ranked seventh in the conference.
Here are the biggest shoes to fill in the Pac-10 with spring practices just around the corner.
Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
How do you replace the best running back in the nation, a guy who scored 28 touchdowns and rushed for 1,871 yards? You don't. Those sorts don't come around every season.
The Contenders: Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gafney will get first crack, as well as Jeremy Stewart, who's coming back from a knee injury. Incoming freshman Anthony Wilkerson could be a dark horse.
Sean Canfield, QB, Oregon State
The first-team All-Pac-10 quarterback became an NFL prospect during a strong senior season. He led the conference with 3,271 yards passing and 21 touchdowns, which tied with Washington's Jake Locker.
The Contenders: This will be a showdown between Ryan Katz and Peter Lalich this spring, with Katz starting as the leader.
Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Price could be an NFL first-round draft pick. He led the Pac-10 with 23.5 tackles for a loss in 2009. 'Nuff said.
The Contenders: Good question. The Bruins are perilously thin here, considering both tackles need to be replaced and only senior David Carter has much experience. The answers here might be in the Bruins' recruiting class.
Syd'Quan Thompson, CB, California
The Cal secondary was a huge disappointment this season, but Thompson, a four-year starter and two-time first-team All-Pac-10 performer, was mostly his usually stellar self.
The Contenders: Will Darian Hagan step up in his senior season? Perhaps the answer is sophomore Josh Hill? Or maybe a redshirt guy? The Bears only signed one player listed as a corner in their most recent recruiting class. Expect there to be a lot of competition here this spring.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE, Washington
Te'o-Nesheim, a high-motor guy who started four years and earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors his final two seasons, ranking third in the conference with 9.5 sacks.
The Contenders: Considering the other end, Darrion Jones, also is gone, the Huskies will trend young here. Andru Pulu was listed behind Te'o-Nesheim on the depth chart, with Talia Crichton and Kalani Aldrich on the other side. There also will be opportunities for younger players here.
Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon
Dickson not only was the Ducks' second-leading receiver with 42 receptions for 551 yards and six touchdowns, the matchup problems he presented forced defenses to scheme specifically for him. That helps an offense in ways that aren't accounted for in statistics.
The Contenders: Junior David Paulson was Dickson's backup last year, and he had some nice moments, but he's no Dickson. JC transfer Brandon Williams and touted incoming freshman Curtis White will be in the mix here.
Kenny Alfred, C, Washington State
Alfred, a four-year starter, was a good player on a bad -- and beaten up -- line. His brain as well as his physical ability will be hard to replace.
The Contenders: Walk-on junior Chris Prummer was listed as Alfred's backup -- largely due to injury -- but Andrew Roxas, who redshirted this year after contracting viral hepatitis, is probably the leader here, though Steven Ayers could move inside to challenge him. Or there could be some reshuffling.
That's not good news in any event, but it's particularly worrisome because Thompson was likely going to focus his efforts on neutralizing the Utes top receiver, David Reed.
Further complicating things in the secondary is a shoulder injury to No. 3 cornerback Josh Hill.
That means if Thompson can't go, he would be replaced by redshirt freshman Marc Anthony, who will be making his first career start. According to Okanes' report, defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said Anthony has passed junior Darian Hagan in the pecking order. Hagan began the year as the starter opposite Thompson.
Thompson is a four-year starter, so missing practice time isn't critical. His availability figures to be a game-time decision.
A lot of them. And a lot of them already have familiar names.
The quality is very high here, which speaks well of the future.
Went with three receivers and no tight end, by the way.
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
RB LaMichael James, Oregon
RB Chris Polk, Washington
WR James Johnson, Washington
WR Gino Simone, Washington State
WR Brice Butler, USC
OL David DeCastro, Stanford
OL Michael Philipp, Oregon State
OL Carson York, Oregon
OL Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OL Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
K Vince D'Amato, California
DL Nick Perry, USC
DL Travis Long, Washington State
DL Aaron Tipoti, California
DL Chase Thomas, Stanford
LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
*LB Devon Kennard, USC
DB Desmond Trufant, Washington
DB John Boyett, Oregon
DB Sheldon Price, UCLA
DB Josh Hill, California
P Jeff Locke, UCLA
*Kennard started the final three games of the season at linebacker after playing end most of the season.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
California's depth chart will be distributed on Monday, but here's a look at some of the interesting changes from spring.
- Nyan Boateng is now Marvin Jones' backup at Z receiver. He was the No. 1 X -- flanker -- coming out of spring.
- Verran Tucker is No. 1 at the X.
- The guards are Matt Summers-Gavin and Justin Cheadle. They were Mark Boskovich and Chet Teofilo after spring.
- Anthony Miller is No. 1 at tight end because Tad Smith is out with a knee injury.
- Brian Holley won the fullback job.
- The depth chart doesn't list a slot receiver as it did before, when Alex Lagemann and Charles Satchell were Nos. 1 and 2. True freshman Isi Sofele is probably in the mix there.
- The linebackers are Eddie Young and Mike Mohamed on the outside and D.J. Holt and Mychal Kendricks inside. Mohamed was inside after spring and Devin Bishop is now a backup inside after being No. 1 outside.
- The starting secondary remains the same, but Jesse Brooks is a backup safety -- instead of D.J. Campbell --- and Josh Hill is Darian Hagan's backup instead of Chris Conte, who's now at safety.
- Giorgio Tavecchio is the No. 1 kicker over David Seawright.
- Syd'Quan Thompson is the No. 1 punt returner; Jahvid Best will return kicks.
Z 1 Marvin Jones (6-2, 190, So.)
8 Nyan Boateng (6-2, 211, Sr.)
LT 79 Mike Tepper (6-7, 319, Sr.)
53 Donovan Edwards (6-5, 285, Jr.)
LG 75 Matt Summers-Gavin (6-4, 291, RFr.)
70 Mark Boskovich (6-4, 304, Jr.)
C 54 Chris Guarnero (6-2, 275, Jr.)
65 Dominic Galas (6-1, 281, RFr.)
RG 61 Justin Cheadle (6-2, 299, So.)
58 Chet Teofilo (6-3, 329, Sr.)
RT 72 Mitchell Schwartz (6-6, 317, So.)
53 Donovan Edwards (6-5, 285, Jr.)
TE 80 Anthony Miller (6-3, 258, So.)
83 Skylar Curran (6-4, 256, Sr.)
X 86 Verran Tucker (6-1, 204, Sr.)
3 Jeremy Ross (5-11, 216, Jr.)
FB 33 Brian Holley (5-10, 235, Sr.)
22 Will Kapp (5-10, 216, So.)
TB 4 Jahvid Best (5-10, 195, Jr.)
34 Shane Vereen (5-10, 198, So.)
DE 44 Tyson Alualu (6-3, 295, Sr.)
92 Trevor Guyton (6-3, 285, So.)
NG 76 Derrick Hill (6-2, 302, Jr.)
96 Kendrick Payne (6-2, 300, RFr.)
DE 97 Cameron Jordan (6-4, 287, Jr.)
95 Ernest Owusu (6-4, 268, So.)
OLB 9 Eddie Young (6-0, 239, Sr.)
43 Charles Johnson (6-2, 232, Jr.)
ILB 3 D.J. Holt (6-1, 250, So.)
55 Jerome Meadows (6-3, 240, Jr.)
ILB 30 Mychal Kendricks (6-0, 230, So.)
10 Devin Bishop (6-1, 239, Sr.)
OLB 18 Mike Mohamed (6-3, 237, Jr.)
47 Keith Browner (6-6, 268, Jr.)
CB 5 Syd'Quan Thompson (5-9, 191, Sr.)
15 Bryant Nnabuife (6-1, 190, Jr.)
S 29 Marcus Ezeff (5-11, 219, Sr.)
11 Sean Cattouse (6-2, 206, So.)
S 25 Brett Johnson (6-1, 194, Sr.)
20 Jesse Brooks (5-11, 197, Sr.)
CB 26 Darian Hagan (6-0, 186, Jr.)
23 Josh Hill (5-11, 194, RFr.)