Tialavea has suited up occasionally while doing light workouts on his own during most practice sessions. Should Tialavea regain his form in time for the season, it will add greatly to the overall defensive strength on the team.
#53 Tom Sorensen, C (JR): Sorensen is picking up where many assumed he would: as the starting center after backing up Sete Aulai last season. Sorensen provided valuable backup duty while biding his time to be the starting center this coming season.
#55 Jordan Chronister, DL (SO): Chronister is playing primarily at the defensive end position with the third-team defensive unit.
#56 Chris Muehlmann, DS (SO): Muehlmann will again most likely be playing behind John Pace as the team's primary deep-snapper.
#57 Matt Putnam, OLB (FR): Putnam has had a very good spring thus far. While coaches readily admit that Putnam is probably still a year away, they like his progress and can readily see the advantages he can bring to the OLB position during passing downs with his superior stature.
#58 Jeff Bell, ILB (JR): Bell is once again providing good depth at linebacker this spring. He looks to be the next in line behind Van Sweden to break the four-man rotation at ILB.
#59 John Pace, DS (SO): Pace will likely assume deep-snapping duties again this year. While the team has had problems deep-snapping in the past, Pace was able to bring stability and consistency to the position last season.
#61 Mark Freeman, OL (SO): Freeman has been playing center with the second-team offense all spring here of late. While R.J. Willing played mostly as the backup center early on, Freeman has assumed the responsibilities, as Willing has been playing mostly at OG with the first teamers here of late.
#64 R.J. Willing, OL (JR): Willing has been playing everywhere this spring after being used primarily as a tackle last season. He has been seen at most offensive line positions at one time or another this spring, and looks to be the primary backup at center and other positions this coming season while again pushing David Oswald for the starting right tackle spot.
#65 Dallas Reynolds, OL (SR): Reynolds has had a solid spring picking up as the starting left tackle for the team again. He has a lot of experience under his belt since starting as a freshman. Reynolds should see some good improvement this year in hoping to repeat on his All-Conference performance last season.
#66 Garrett Reden, OL (SO): Reden has had to sit out all of spring practices as he recovers from his leg injury from a season ago. He hopes to rejoin the team this fall and add depth at both the guard and tackle positions.
#68 David Oswald, OL (SR): Oswald has quietly gone about his business, getting every rep this spring at the right tackle position with the first-team offense. He looks to improve on his pass-protection this spring in solidifying the right side of the line.
#70 Matt Reynolds, OL (FR): Reynolds has been seeing some valuable reps at right guard with the first teamers this spring. Look for Reynolds to rise and become one of the primary backups this coming season at either the offensive guard or tackle position.
#71 Rick Wolfley, NT (SO): Wolfley has had a good spring and is very much settled in on the defensive line after switching over from the offensive side last season. He is again battling to get his weight down to about 320 pounds so as to help out with his overall movement. As it stands, Wolfley's strength will be at stuffing the run while creating gaps for the ILBs to make plays.
#72 Nick Alletto, OL (SO): Alletto has been seeing time primarily at right tackle with the second-team offensive unit this spring. Alletto has missed practice time in recent weeks due to injury, however. He has a good athletic build for an OT, which should help him earn a starting slot after Dallas Reynolds and David Oswald graduate following this season.
#73 Jason Speredon, OL (SO): Speredon is still recovering from his injury sustained last season and hopes to begin practicing fully this coming fall.
#74 Travis Bright, OL (SR): Bright, like too many offensive linemen this spring, is having to sit out due to injury. Bright was one of the leading players on the OL and many fans are anxiously awaiting his return. He is confident that he'll be ready to go as the season starts against Northern Iowa.
#75 Stetson Tenney, OL (FR): Tenney has been able to gain some valuable experience this spring while playing left tackle with the second-teamers. He is a walk-on that should add some valuable depth this coming season.