Part 2: Archer's second unit ready to contribute

This spring, Mike Archer has alternated with so many different rotations in the first and second teams, that it's hard to get a feel for who is on each unit.

"Kids have got to earn it," Archer said. "We're deep enough to where I can move them in and out."

The second team has proven they will not miss a beat when called upon, having several individuals that have starred this spring.

Among the group, Jon Sumrall has perhaps been the most impressive. According to one member of the staff, Sumrall has not made a mistake this entire spring as far as reads and coverage's. His intelligence has been challenged and he has mastered it by all means. The junior from Alabama could be the missing ingredient and will definitely help provide some depth at the outside linebacker position.

Another star of the linebacker group has been fast rising junior college walk-on Dennis Johnson. Although smaller in stature, Johnson has proven he is not afraid to lower his shoulder and hit. Because of his humble attitude and hard work throughout the spring, Archer has had him working with the second unit. If he continues to prove the coaching staff wrong, don't be surprised if he is getting some much deserved playing time come next Fall.

One of the linebacker's top reserves is Justin Haydock, the former walk-on turned starter last season. Haydock is an extremely intelligent player whom Archer can rely on for consistent and error-proof play. This spring, he has been rather quiet, but the senior from Louisville will get plenty of reps next season. His steady play sometimes gets overlooked, but he makes for an excellent substitute for Archer's linebacker unit.

Cedric Koger rounds out the second team. The new junior college transfer from Florida has been a nice addition to the team, adding size and speed to the rotation. So far this spring, Koger's first instinct has been very good, but his ability to make the play has been his biggest downfall. Koger should give some valuable minutes off the bench for Archer's unit next season.

Keith Shelton has had a nice spring. The former safety has bounced around positions, but has played nicely at the linebacker spot this spring. He will contend for some playing time with the second unit.

Ryan Schumm, whom the coaches have consistently praised throughout, should see time as well. The former scout player excels at the little stuff and seems to have a knack for making plays in this defense. His tall stature and size makes him an attractive linebacker prospect for the future.

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