Not a ton of returnin bodies, but there is some good news. DE Danny Richard did participate in the spring and although he did quit the baseball team, expect him on the field in Allendale come Fall. Safety Jacob McGuckin has had some issues with his back, but he should be ready to go.
Must Step Up:
The cornerbacks, but they have. Dominique Darden and Corey Edwards had nice springs. Robert Carlisle returned from injury and did well in the spring as well. The pressure is on these guys, but they've responded.
Ready To Break Out:
The linebackers are young but very talented. Brad Howard had a really great spring and has the look of a future All-Conference player. Another young player, Blair Hollis was equally as impressive.
Maybe one of the most physically talented players on the team, Andre Thomas was moved to defensive end and his potential has the coaching staff very excited about his future.
Transfer CB Chris Huley played with the first team and was described as "dominant at times."
Also in the secondary, Matt Bakker and Zach Breen took advantage of McGuckin and Samad Cain being out and enjoyed nice springs. Gary Anderson also flashed ability.
Another transfer, Nick Lawrence was moved from linebacker to defensive end because of numbers. He had to adjust to new terms and a new position, but showed a good motor and has a good chance to start at one end.
Inside, it looks like two new faces, JUCO transfer Keioshe Jones and Cincinnati transfer Steve Gawronski will anchor the middle for the Lakers. They both have the ability to be the point of the defense and their spring performance was encouraging.
JUCO transfer Brian Giles will be in Allendale soon. How much he contributes will depend on what kind of shape he is in and/or what kind of shape he gets in.