On paper, the
linebacker unit for
Last year, senior linebackers Kyle Gingg and Tim Brady epitomized Bronco football. They were undersized, but played with tremendous heart and toughness, registering 76 and 42 tackles, respectively. This image of Kyle Gingg will be enshrined in the memory of Bronco fans forever:
Junior Derrell Acrey is back after starting last year at middle linebacker. Acrey is one of the team's emotional leaders and provides much-needed experience and continuity to the linebacker unit. Acrey is big (6-1, 235), strong and athletic, but failed to lock down his starting position in spring practice. It could be that he has yet to take the next step in terms of consistency and intensity, or it could be that Hunter White is just that good. Acrey will start for the opener and the Bronco coaches will take it from there.
White had a tremendous spring practice, showing off his speed (he played
receiver in high school) and hitting ability. White looks the part of a
As if this unit were not fast enough, the coaching staff has been very
impressed with former sprinter J.C. Percy(6-0, 214), a redshirt freshman. Percy
will see the field plenty this year and may earn a starting job. Former
junior college star/über recruit Daron Mackey (5-11, 233) has been chomping at the bit to
get out and prove himself at the Division 1 level after sitting out all last
year with a torn
Tommy Smith (6-1, 218, Fr.), Hazen Moss (5-11, 196, Fr.),
and Wilson brothers Dave (6-1, 222) and Matt (6-1, 212) round out the linebackers ready to play this
year. John Michael Davis (6-0, 210) and Allen Mooney (5-10, 211) are two of the most highly heralded linebacker recruits to choose
Coach Pete moved his fiery warhorse of a coach, Jeff Choate, to coach the linebackers after two years coaching the running backs. Choate will make this unit the toughest and meanest on the team. Athleticism is abundant with these linebackers but they have very little experience, so fall practice is crucial in preparing this unit for September 3rd.