Spring Outlook: Linebackers

UTSA Football begins their 2015 spring practices Wednesday. We continue our look through each of the positions. Today, we take a look at the Linebackers.

We take a look at UTSA's Linebackers headed into spring practices.

Returning Players:
- Marcos Curry, Sophomore
- Drew Douglas, Senior
- Dalton Miller, Junior
- Justin Todd, Redshirt Freshman
Pencil in Drew Douglas as your starter at Mike LB. Douglas is another proven commodity and should be one of the team's leaders. Backing him up will likely be RS Freshman Justin Todd. The Florida-native sat out all of last season. Todd should crack the two deep at Mike LB. After that, it's pretty thin at Mike LB so depth could become an issue. At the Hawk LB, both Curry and Miller should be in the mix to crack the two-deep. Miller has the most game experience but is not necessarily the most talented. It could be a huge spring for Sophomore Marcos Curry, who played well in limited action last season as a reserve player. Although Curry is a little undersized, he has all of the tools to become an impact type of a player for UTSA.


Newcomers:
- Lakel Bass, Juco
> - Cedric Haley, Walk-on
> - Steven Holman, Walk-on
- Ramario Napoles, Walk-on
- Nigel Naulls, Walk-on
With UTSA only being able to sign one linebacker in this past recruiting class, a lot of pressure will be placed on Juco Lakel Bass. The Missouri-native is on campus and will be able to participate in workouts this spring. As a Juco, you would like to see Bass emerge as one of the top contributors but the Hawk LB is such a unique position within the Hard Hat Defense. It will take a lot of reps to get Bass to where he needs to be.


The Big Question:
Will depth be an issue?
Mike LB seems to be okay if no one misses any significant time. Hawk LB is a little different. It may be a platoon-situation at Hawk, at least to start. Staff will need to toe the line between making sure all of these guys get a proper number of reps while keeping them fresh and healthy. While the Hawk and Mike LB positions are not necessarily interchangeable, Defensive Coordinator Neal Neathery has moved some players between these two positions in the past. If push came to show, we may see a Drew Douglas or Justin Todd seem time at either position.


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