Plugging The Holes For the Hornets

When a I-AA defensive unit loses an All-American, it creates opportunities for the returning players. There's also a good deal of pressure to try to fill the shoes.

The main difference between Division I-A and I-AA football is depth. A I-AA team just cannot substitute freely the way the Boise State Broncos can. There is too much separation between the starters and those with little experience. Thus, the graduation of I-AA All-American Matt Logue leaves a gaping hole in the Sacramento State defense. This will be hard for the Hornets to overcome.

Senior Tyson Butler (6-1, 250) will move from the middle to the weak side this fall. Butler begins his fourth year as a starter, and is coming off a fine year that saw him get 59 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks.

Sophomore Cyrus Mulitalo (6-1, 245) is the favorite to take Butler's place at middle 'backer. Mulitalo played in all 11 games last season, accounting for 22 tackles.

The strong side spot is up for grabs heading into the final two weeks of fall camp. Seniors Steve Lynn (6-0, 220) and Tony DeMonaco (6-0, 210) will vie for that position. Lynn played three seasons at Oregon, finishing last season with 36 tackles. DeMonaco started in the final game last year against Montana and ended the year with 20 tackles, including two for loss.

Faheem Muhammad (5-11, 230, So.) will backup Mulitalo while Calvin Robinson (6-0, 200, Fr.) and James Bogetti (5-11, 200, Sr.) could see time at the weak side linebacker positions.

Going up against running backs like Ian Johnson and Jon Helmandollar, your linebackers better be ready for what's coming. The Hornet linebackers will be fired up for a game against I-A power Boise State, but as the game wears on, this group appears to be overmatched.

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