So besides Devin Lloyd, who will get playing time at linebacker this year?
rolling out the new 5-1-5 defense, it will be spectacular
Lloyd and Sewell will be the starters. I’d bet we will do what we’ve done the last three years and pray those two don’t get hurt. Mata’afa is the clear #3 now, and he can be really good, he just needs to be bigger. He is a lot like Lloyd two years ago. He’s good, just gets tossed around too much to really be counted on. Junior Tafua has looked good since he got home and I could see them using him in a Luafatasaga-ish role if they absolutely had to. I know some thought Sione Fotu could play some reps right away, but then I heard he was going on a mission, but I don’t know if he is here or not. Mercier is a JC kid who joined last class. With the extended time off, you’d assume that a JC kid would be in the battle for reps as well.
So, we have good starters…after that…shrugs
Let’s stay healthy.
Mata’afa clearly has the upside, physically. Good frame, moves well, has length. I wonder how much weight he’s put on during this really long break.
Lund has been on indefinite suspension since spring. Breaking team rules.