Our Take: Williams, a Washington bounceback, was a big-time recruit coming out of high school and he put up solid numbers as a redshirt sophomore last fall, Williams led Santa Monica to an 11-0 record by completing 67.9% of his passes for 2,750 yards with 31 touchdowns and four interceptions. He enrolled at Utah in time to take part in spring ball and many observers thought he was the leader for the job that was vacated when Travis Wilson graduated, but an injury slowed his progress so we'll need to see if he can win the starting job in fall camp.
Our Take: Iakopo was one of the most physical players in the JUCO ranks last season. He plays like a linebacker, but he's got enough speed and short-area quickness to play safety. Iakopo should be able to work his way into Louisville's secondary rotation with a decent shot at winning the spot that was vacated by the graduation of Jermaine Reve.
Our Take: Stanton had a huge sophomore season for Saddleback, completing 63% of his passes for nearly 3,500 yards with 27 touchdowns and 10 picks and he also led the Gauchos in rushing with 752 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. He's the perfect fit in Tony Sanchez's offense and he's the odds-on-favorite to win the job once the season rolls around.
Our Take: Wesley and his brother, Landry Payne, are two JUCO transfers who could wind up starting for the Beavers. Both were named NJCAA All-Americans and Wesley was a tackling machine as a sophomore last season, finishing with 149 tackles, six sacks and 13.5 tackles-for-loss. He could project at the open spot that Rommel Mageo manned last fall.
Our Take: Terry drew rave reviews during the spring where he showed the ability to get pressure from an interior position along the defensive line. He's big, athletic and very physical. Most think he'll see quite a few reps this fall in the defensive line rotation, but don't be surprised if he works his way into a starter's role before the end of the season.null