Roster Eligibility: Linebackers

The linebackers finally have some depth and some experience.

As always, the red block represents a year of eligibility remaining and the black block represents a redshirt year available.

Player Ht/Wt Year Position 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Riko Jeffers 6-2/235 Freshman Linebacker
Tony Jones 6-2/220 Junior Linebacker
D’Vonta Hinton 5-9/225 Junior Linebacker
Dakota Allen 6-1/235 Junior Linebacker
Matthew Anunda 5-9/190 RS Freshman Linebacker
Jacarthy Mack 6-2/195 Senior Linebacker
Jamile Johnson 6-0/220 Sophomore Linebacker
Johnathan Picone 6-1/220 Sophomore Linebacker
Jordyn Brooks 6-1/235 Sophomore Linebacker
Brayden Stringer 6-2/205 Sophomore Linebacker
Coltin Nied 6-1/220 Sophomore Linebacker

I think the linebacker group is in pretty good shape overall and maybe, second to receiver, is the position that has the most returning proven talent with some young players included. There’s a good mix here. You could start a group of Brooks, Allen and Jones and be pretty good overall I think and then add in Picone, Stringer, Jeffers, Johnson and anyone else for good measure. ¬†That’s a pretty decent first and second team, better than what Gibbs and Spavital have had to deal with since they’ve arrived. This position seems solidified.

I really want to see what happens with Johnson, he was such a highly regarded player coming out of high school, he’s still got three good years to do something and I keep thinking that he can be terrific in that safety / linebacker role, but that just hasn’t happened yet.


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