Brandon Magee will also be returning after having 73 tackles last season and there is plenty of stability with both returning.
The third spot will likely go to Shelley Lyons, although Colin Parker is hoping to make a push. Lyons battled injury last season, but expectations are high.
Keep an eye on James Vaughters, who Scout.com had as the seventh best middle linebacker in the country coming out of high school.
3. Utah: The Utes shouldn't have much of an issue at linebacker, as it has one of the deepest units in the conference.
Brian Blechen was moved from strong safety to linebacker and Utah feels he can step in and be the best linebacker on the team right away, if not one of the best in the country.
David Wilkerson redshirted last season after getting an early concussion, but will likely be one of the starters on the outside this season.
Ryan Davis was a highly touted junior college prospect and was impressive enough to get a starting spot this season as well. Cecil Whiteside, Jason Gibson, and Nick Forbes are three players that will likely come in and make some noise, as Cal has plenty of options at linebacker.
Devon Kennard has hinted he may move back to the defensive line, but as of now is expected to be a starter. Chris Galippo is expected to be a starter as well, but his health will definitely be a concern and should something happen, Shane Horton will be ready to step in.
Kiko Alonso was expected to have a big season, but was suspended indefinitely after facing burglary charges. Now, Oregon has major questions up the middle, as it searches for a consistent options.
7. UCLA: The Bruins have three starters returning at linebacker, but those three are the only ones that got considerable playing time.
The Bruins are hoping Isaiah Bowens is impressive, as he will likely be the top reserve. Ryan Hofmeister is one to watch out for as a junior college transfer that is expected to play right away. Keep an eye on Aaron Wallace, who will likely redshirt, but enrolled early in an attempt to make an impact sooner.
8. Arizona: The Wildcats are in major trouble at linebacker in the sense that there is minimal depth.
After that, there are more questions. Sekope Kaufusi had an impressive spring and will likely be the starter at SAM.
Keep an eye on C.J. Mizell, who could emerge as a starter after having an impressive spring.
Thomas Tutogi started out spring ball as an outside backer and struggled, but played well as an inside backer and is now there to stay.
The starter at outside linebacker has not been announced, but Garrett Gilliland had a strong spring and there is a good chance he will be the starter.
The outside has plenty of depth with freshman Donell Welch having an impressive spring and Shaydon Akuna emerging as a break out candidate.
Douglas Rippy and Patrick Mahnke are slated to be the starters on the inside and the general feeling out of spring ball is that the Buffs would like to see more from this unit. The potential is certainly there, but it is hard to be too confident about the unknown.