THE DEFENSE LOSES just two starters, but there are plenty of holes to fill on the two deeps. BF.C makes an early prediction of what the two deeps will look like when spring ball opens in April.


Defensive Two-Deeps

LE 99 Gabe Miller SR 6-3 239
  91 Taylor Henry SO 6-1 228
COMMENT:  Miller played his way to a starting spot midway through the 2009 season and never looked back.  He needs to step up in 2010.

Redshirt freshman Mana Rosa is one to keep an eye on as he could easily slide into the two deeps.

DT 54 Stephen Paea SR 6-1 285
  98 Castro Masaniai SO 6-2 299
COMMENT:  Paea is one of the top defensive tackles in the nation while Masaniai got plenty of snaps in 2009.
DT 78 Brennan Olander SR 6-1 276
  92 Mitchel Hunt SR 6-2 282

COMMENT:  Despite battling injuries Olander had a fine year and should have a solid senior season.

Backups Tonu Tuimalealiifano and Mitchel Hunt can't seem to stay healthy.  If the trend continues in 2010 the affects could be devastating.

RE 19 Matt LaGrone SR 6-6 256
  74 Kevin Frahm JR 6-2 259

COMMENT:  Similar to Miller, LaGrone played his way to a starting position midway through the year.  He was inconsistent, but should improve with a year of experienced behind him.

Frahm also needs to work on his consistency.

SAM 35 Keith Pankey SR 6-0 211
  44 Devin Unga SO 6-1 215

COMMENT: Pankey, an all-conference honorable mention pick, will most likely slide over to the strong side, but Roberson could as well.

Unga had an impressive year for a freshman and will get loads of time as a sophomore.

MLB 45 David Pa'aluhi JR 5-11 229
  43 Tony Wilson SO 6-1 231

COMMENT:  The middle will be solid with Pa'aluhi starting and Wilson backing him up.

Wilson missed most of the year due to a knee injury.  The coaches are very excited about his prospects.

Rueben Robinson who served as the backup in '09, is also worth mentioning.

WLB 59 Dwight Roberson SR 6-0 238
  41 Kevin Unga SO 6-1 223

COMMENT: Roberson will be in line for postseason honors while Unga will provide a solid backup.

CB 17 Brandon Hardin JR 6-2 206
  20 Keynan Parker SO 5-11 168

COMMENT:  Part time starter Hardin will assume fulltime duties.

Finding a dependable backup will be one of the top priorities in spring camp.

S 5 Cameron Collins JR 6-2 220
  14 Jordan Poyer SO 5-11 181

COMMENT:  Collins will be a year older and a year smarter.  Poyer, who will return kickoffs, could find his way onto the field at safety or cornerback.

Anthony Watkins, who was slowed by a shoulder injury, is worth mentioning as well.

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

COMMENT: Just like Collins, Mitchell will be a year older and a year wiser which bodes well for the defense. 

LaGrone is coming back from a knee injury -- the coaches are excited about his ability.

The experienced Suaesi Tuimaunei is also worth noting.

CB 4 James Dockery SR 6-1 175
  2 David Ross JR 6-0 188

COMMENT:  Dockery will be one of the leaders on defense and will improve on his junior year performance.

Is 2010 the time highly regarded recruit Ross steps up? Or do redshirt freshmen Rashaad Reynolds or Sean Martin step up?

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