Two deep analysis - Defense

THE DEFENSIVE SIDE of the ball on the two deeps appears a bit more settled than on offense -- but there are still more than a few battles to be waged in the coming weeks. The one that appears the most heated coming in -- one of the cornerback positions. Here's a look at each position on defense, along with BF.C commentary, with the first fall camp practice at Oregon State now just hours away.


Defensive Two-Deeps

LE 55 Ben Terry SR 6-3 242
  99 Gabe Miller JR 6-3 239
  49 Andrew Seumalo RFR 6-3 256
COMMENT:  Terry is the starter with Miller helping out on second and third down.

Coaches love Seumalo's work ethic and strength; expect him to be in the rotation.

DT 54 Stephen Paea JR 6-1 285
  78 Brennan Olander JR 6-1 276
  98 Castro Masaniai RFR 6-2 299
COMMENT:  Obviously Paea is the starter.  Olander is coming off of an injury and Masaniai is an up and coming youngster who figures to get plenty of snaps.

Jesse Fifita football career is done after he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis.

DT 95 Latu Moala SR 6-1 294
  92 Mitchel Hunt JR 6-2 282
  97 Sioeli Nau SR 6-2 307

COMMENT: Moala had a solid spring and therefore starts atop the depth chart.

Hunt is in the best shape of his life and will be heavily used as will Nau.

RE 74 Kevin Frahm SO 6-2 259
  19 Matt LaGrone JR 6-6 256
  91 Taylor Henry RFR 6-1 228

COMMENT: Frahm has the starting spot locked up while LaGrone, who is coming off of a wrist injury, and Henry will serve as third down specialists.

Keep your eye on LaGrone this fall - the coaches expect big things from him.

SAM 32 Keaton Kristick SR 6-3 226
  52 Keo Camat JR 6-2 233

COMMENT: Kristick is one of the top linebackers in the conference.  He can play inside or outside.

The coaches have lauded Camat's ability before - now the door is wide open, all he has to do is step through.

MLB 45 David Pa'aluhi SO 5-11 229
  48 Walker Vave JR 6-2 230

COMMENT: Pa'aluhi could have a breakout year in his first year as a starter.

Vave has been forced onto the two deeps due to Tony Wilson's season ending injury.  Keep an eye on Vave's performance.

If he doesn't perform up to the coaches standards true freshman Rueben Robinson will get a shot.

WLB 59 Dwight Roberson JR 6-0 238
  35 Keith Pankey JR 6-0 211

COMMENT: The rotation is here to stay.

CB 21 Tim Clark SR 6-0 170
  17 Brandon Hardin SO 6-2 206
  20 Keynan Parker RFR 5-11 168

COMMENT:  Clark solidly has the starting spot. 

Hardin is coming off hand surgery and will be playing with a protective wrap.  He will be competing with Dockery and Henderson for the other cornerback spot.

Parker has speed to burn - look for him to make an impact on special teams.

S 28 Suaesi Tuimaunei JR 6-1 207
  5 Cameron Collins SO 6-2 220

COMMENT:  Tuimaunei has the starting spot for now but many feel Collins will overtake him sometime during the season.

S 10 Lance Mitchell SO 6-2 205
  26 Josh LaGrone RFR 6-1 190

COMMENT: Mitchell figures to start, but LaGrone will definitely be in the rotation and have a chance to make an impact on special teams.

CB 4 James Dockery JR 6-1 175
  3 Patrick Henderson SR 5-10 175

COMMENT:  Dockery turned in a solid spring and therefore tops the two deeps headed into the fall.  Can he stay healthy the entire year?

Henderson and Hardin will both be pushing Dockery for playing time.

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