Joseph Wicker is having a big season with 28 tackles and 11 sacks in the teams first five games. He had 10 of those sacks in the teams first two games but has seen quite a few double and triple teams ever since.
Wicker is noticeably bigger, stronger and much quicker than he was a year ago. He's quickness off the ball is about as good as you'll see from an interior lineman, he can chase down plays from behind and is still strong at the point of attack and solid in run support.
Wicker has also improved his technique, is using his hands better and has clearly benefited by having a former NFL defensive player like Antonio Pierce on the coaching staff. His motor, which at times in the past wasn't always running as high as you want, is much better now as well and he's still playing hard through to the 4th quarter.
On the recruiting front, Wicker has tentatively set up his first two official visits and has a good idea of where the third one will be.
"I'm taking the SAT on October 11," Wicker said. "Once I have my score in, I'll be able to officially set up my visits. I do have Arizona State for (Nov. 8) and Texas Tech (Nov. 15) but until I get my SAT score in, those are still tentative. I don't have any other set up but I think the next one will be to Washington.
"I've been to Washington before, I camped with them before my junior season and liked it there a lot. I'm not sure about the rest of the visits so I'm just going to play it by ear. This weekend I'll be going to UCLA for their game with Utah. I have a lot of interest there but don't think I'll use an official visit on them since it's local and I can visit any time."