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Preview 2008 - The WAC Starting Lineups

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Posted Jun 6, 2008


The projected starting lineups, and key positions to spotlight going into the fall, for all WAC teams.

Preview 2008

Projected WAC

Starting Lineups


Who has the edge on a starting job going into the summer? What's the key position to watch out for and what needs to be addressed before the season starts? Here are the prjected starting lineups for every team.

Projected Starting Lineups
ACC | Big East | Big 12 | Big Ten | C-USA | Ind.
MAC | M-West | Pac 10 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

Boise State

QB 11 Kellen Moore, 6-0, 181, RFr.
Position Spotlight: This quarterback situation was an issue last year and Taylor Tharp turned out to be solid. Now it's a battle again, and once again Bush Hamdan is in the center of the fight to go along with Nick Lomax, son of former NFL star, Neil Lomax, and Mike Coughlin. Meanwhile, Moore hung around and showed enough upside to potentially get the nod over Hamdan, but the job is still open.

RB 41 Ian Johnson, 5-11, 195, Sr.
RB 27 Jeremy Avery, 5-9, 172, So.
WR 9 Jeremy Childs, 6-0, 191, Jr.
WR 87 Austin Pettis, 6-3, 200, So.
TE 88 Chris O’Neill, 6-3, 233, Sr.
OT -- Nate Potter, 6-6, 272, Fr.
OG 60 Andrew Woodruff, 6-2, 336, Sr.
C 65 Thomas Byrd, 6-0, 277, RFr.
OG 76 Jon Gott, 6-3, 281, Sr.
OT 62 Kevin Sapien, 6-4, 260, So.
PK 35 Kyle Brotzman, 5-10, 172, So.

DE 98 Ryan Winterswyk, 6-4, 259, So.
DT 67 Joe Bozikovich, 6-1, 279, Sr.
DT 53 Sean Bingham, 6-3, 265, Sr.
DE 93 Mike T. Williams, 6-3, 245, Sr.
LB 44 Kyle Gingg, 5-11, 216, Sr.
LB 52 Derrell Acrey, 6-2, 232, So.
LB 24 Tim Brady, 6-1, 205, Sr.
CB 1 Kyle Wilson, 5-10, 190, Jr.
S 23 Jeron Johnson, 5-11, 190, So.
S 5 Jason Robinson, 6-0, 190, So.
CB 38 Brandyn Thompson, 5-10, 166, RFr.
P 49 Brad Elkin, 6-3, 191, So.

Fresno State

QB 7 Tom Brandstater, 6-5, 220, Sr.
RB 21 Ryan Mathews, 5-11, 205, So.
FB 22 Anthony Harding, 6-0, 215, Jr.
WR 6 Chastin West, 6-1, 210, Jr.
WR 5 Marlon Moore, 6-1, 185, Jr.
TE 85 Bear Pascoe, 6-5, 260, Sr.
OT 72 Bobby Lepori, 6-5, 285, Sr.
OG 62 Cole Popovich, 6-3, 285, Sr.
C 76 Adam McDowell, 6-4, 285, Sr.
OG 69 Andrew Jackson, 6-5, 290, So.
OT 73 Kenny Avon, 6-3, 285, Sr.
PK 35 Kevin Goessling, 5-10, 180, RFr.

DE 41 Ikenna Ike, 6-3, 245, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Who's going to take over the pass rushing duties from Tyler Clutts? After a big spring, it appears to be Ikenna Ike as he'll be the team's top playmaker in the backfield (at least that's the hope), While Wilson Ramos and Chris Carter will get more than their share of chances.

NT 50 Cornell Banks, 6-3, 285, So.
DT 94 Jon Monga, 6-2, 280, Sr.
DE 96 Wilson Ramos, 6-5, 265, Jr.
LB 10 Nico Herron, 6-2, 235, So.
LB 54 Ben Jacobs, 6-3, 225, So.
LB 32 Quaadir Brown, 6-2, 215, Jr.
CB 8 Sharrod Davis, 6-0, 185, Sr.
SS 3 Moses Harris, 6-1, 200, Jr.
FS 19 Marvin Haynes, 6-1, 205, Jr.
CB 4 Damion Owens, 6-1 185, Jr.
P 42 Robert Malone, 6-2, 215, So.

Hawaii

QB 11 Inoke Funaki, 5-11, 195, Jr.
RB 26 Daniel Libre, 5-8, 185, Sr.
Position Spotlight: Everyone's wondering about the passing game and which quarterback will be under center. Literally, under center, which is a change from the shotgun June Jones ran all the time. The Warriors will be able to throw the ball just fine, but now they're going to run it a little bit, too, with Libre playing a big role.

WR 1 Greg Salas, 6-2, 195, So.
WR 89 Malcolm Lane, 6-2, 185, Jr.
WR 5 Mike Washington, 5-7, 175, Sr.
WR 85 Aaron Bain, 5-9, 190, Sr.
OT 77 Aaron Kia, 6-5, 300, Jr.
OG 62 Keith AhSoon, 6-1, 315, Sr.
C 55 John Estes, 6-2, 290, Jr.
OG 51 Latu Tuioti-Mariner, 6-0, 285, Sr.
OT 78 Keoni Steinhoff, 6-3, 280, Sr.
PK 86 Dan Kelly, 6-3, 210, Sr.

DE 94 David Veikune, 6-3, 250, Sr.
DT 96 Fale Laeli, 6-1, 290, Sr.
DT 68 Keala Watson, 6-3, 300, Sr.
DE 58 John Fonoti, 6-3, 250, Jr.
LB 53 Blaze Soares, 6-1, 240, Jr.
LB 17 Solomon Elimimian, 6-0, 220, Sr.
LB 44 Adam Leonard, 6-0, 235, Sr.
CB 2 Ryan Mouton, 5-10, 80, Sr.
SS 35 Keao Monteilh, 5-11, 195, Sr.
FS 24 Desmond Thomas, 6-3, 174 Sr.
CB 3 Jameel Dowling, 6-3, 205, Sr.
P 49 Tim Grasso, 5-11, 221, Sr.

Idaho

QB 10 Nathan Enderle, 6-5, 225, So.
RB 3 Deonte Jackson, 5-8, 181, Sr.
HB 18 Eddie Williams, 6-1, 249, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The offense needs to be more efficient through the air, and that means Nathan Enderle, assuming the job really is his, needs a steady safety valve. The Vandals plan to use their tight ends more, and that means even more of a role for Williams, a top tight end/H-Back who could turn out to be the team's leading receiver and could run a bit, too.

WR 2 Maurice Shaw, 6-2, 188, So.
WR 22 Max Komar, 5-10, 185, Jr.
TE 89 Peter Bjorvik, 6-4, 259, Jr.
OT 62 Adam Juratovac, 6-3, 297, Jr.
OG 77 Mike Iupati, 6-6, 330, Sr.
C 72 Adam Korby, 6-2, 292, Sr.
OG 65 Kris Anderson, 6-3, 299, Sr.
OT 71 Billy Bates, 6-5, 271, Sr.
PK 19 Tino Amancio, 5-9, 215, Sr.

DE 57 Taylor Rust, 6-2, 232, Sr.
DT 95 Aaron Lavarias, 6-3, 244, So.
DT 61 Jonah Sataraka, 6-2, 243, So.
DE 98 Josh Shaw, 6-2, 254, Sr.
LB 34 JoJo Dickson, 6-1, 202, So.
LB 45 Jonathan Faraimo, 5-11, 220, So.
LB 31 Justin Allen, 5-11, 207, So.
CB 23 Kenneth Patten, 5-9, 172, RFr.
SS 10 Shiloh Keo, 5-10, 175, Jr.
FS 24 Virdell Larkins, 6-0, 195, Jr.
CB 27 Isaac Butts, 6-0, 167, So.
P 14 T.J. Conley, 6-3, 210, Sr.

Louisiana Tech

QB 11 Ross Jenkins, 6-2, 203, So.

Position Spotlight: Jenkins was listed as the starter coming out of spring ball, and he could be the man starting the season, but he'll have to look over his shoulder to hold off Georgia Tech transfer Taylor Bennett and Auburn transfer Steve Ensminger. It's almost assumed that Bennett will step in and take the job, but Jenkins won't go down without a fight.

RB 23 Patrick Jackson, 5-10, 193, Sr.
U 47 Anthony Harrison, 6-3, 242, Sr.
WR 6 Phillip Livas, 5-8, 170, So.
WR 82 Philip Beck, 5-10, 177, Sr.
TE 49 Dennis Morris, 6-4, 245, Jr.
OT 74 Rob McGill, 6-7, 292, So.
OG 66 David Accardo, 6-4, 318, Sr.
C 60 Lon Roberts, 6-3, 272, So.
OG 67 Jared Miles, 6-3, 320, So.
OT 76 Cudahy Harmon, 6-8, 320, So.
PK 33 Brad Oestriecher, 5-11, 184, Sr.

DE 85 Randy Grigsby, 6-3, 242, So.
DT 90 Mason Hitt, 6-2, 244, So.
DT 5 D’Anthony Smith, 6-2, 288, Jr.
DE 97 Kwame Jordan, 6-3, 245, Jr.
LB 36 Brian White, 6-1, 217, Jr.
LB 58 Brannon Jackson, 6-1, 256, Sr.
LB 37 Quin Harris, 6-2, 221, Sr.
CB 35 Weldon Brown, 5-10, 184 Sr.
SS 25 Deon Young, 5-11, 197 Jr.
FS 34 Antonio Baker, 5-11, 200 Jr.
CB 28 Terry Carter, 5-10, 170, RFr.
P 17 Chris Kaegle, 6-0, 233, Sr.

Nevada

QB 10 Colin Kaepernick, 6-6, 215, So.
RB 7 Luke Lippincott, 6-2, 215, Sr.
WR 4 Marko Mitchell, 6-4, 200, Sr.
WR 14 Chris Wellington, 6-1, 185, So.
WR 89 Mike McCoy, 6-0, 190, Sr.
TE 98 Junior Puloka, 6-4, 240, Jr.
OT 50 Mike Gallett, 6-6, 295, So.
OG 62 John Bender, 6-8, 325, So.
C 61 Dominic Green, 6-3, 295, Sr.
OG 60 Greg Hall, 6-3, 290, Sr.
OT 73 Alonzo Durham, 6-4, 285, Jr.
PK 13 Brett Jaekle, 6-4, 210, Sr.

DE 55 Dontay Moch, 6-1, 220, So.
DT 94 Mundrae Clifton, 6-2, 290, Sr.
DT 95 Nate Agaiava, 6-2, 285, So.
DE 99 Kevin Basped, 6-6, 240, So.
LB 26 Adam Liranzo, 6-4, 210, So.
LB 30 Joshua Mauga, 6-2, 245, Sr.
LB 54 Jerome Johnson, 6-1, 253, Sr.
CB 32 Kenny Viser, 6-1, 195, So.
SS 49 Jonathon Amaya, 6-2, 190, Jr.
FS 17 Ucha Anyanwu, 6-4, 220, Sr.

Position Spotlight: There's Anyanwu, and a whole bunch of uncertainty. As the only sure-thing starter in a changing secondary that's getting an influx of JUCO transfers, Anyanwu has to be a steady producer at whichever safety spot he plays. A strong safety by trade, he'll likely play free safety early on. He'll move around depending on who emerges out of the newcomers.

CB 19 Doyle Miller, 5-11, 185, So.
P 13 Brett Jaekle, 6-4, 210, Sr.

New Mexico State

QB 12 Chase Holbrook, 6-5, 240, Sr.
RB 23 Tonny Glynn, 5-8, 190, Jr.
WR 18 A.J. Harris, 6-0, 208, Sr.
WR 2 Wes Neiman, 5-10, 185, So.
WR 28 Chris Williams, 5-9, 155, Sr.
TE 82 Ryan Franzoy, 6-4, 230, So.
OT 78 Kyle Smith, 6-6, 323, So.
OG 76 Chuck Taylor, 6-3, 345, So.
C 63 Richie Bolin, 6-1, 291, Sr.
OG 65 Polo Gutierrez, 6-2, 304, Sr.
OT 73 Patrick Blount, 6-3, 270, So.

Position Spotlight: Who's going to keep Chase Holbrook upright? Obviously, the more time the star quarterback has, the more lethal he'll be, and while the interior is set with three returning starters, both tackles need to be replaced. The massive Kyle Smith has to prove he can handle speed rushers, while Blount appears to be a keeper on the right side.

PK 96 Kyle Hughes, 6-0, 182, RFr.

DE 11 La’Auli Fonoti, 6-4, 253, Sr.
DT 97 Rhyan Anderson, 6-4, 280, Sr.
NG 90 E.J. Cannon, 6-0, 305, Jr.
DT 95 Oren Long, 6-2, 245, Sr.
DE 51 Ross Conner, 5-10, 216, Jr.
LB 42 Nick Paden, 6-3, 235, Jr.
CB 27 Vincent Butler, 5-10, 177, Sr.
SS 41 Brennen Biaimonte, 6-0, 204, Sr.
SS 31 Alphonso Powell, 5-9, 176, So.
FS 22 Derrick Richardson, 5-11, 190, Sr.
CB 4 Davon House, 6-0, 168, So.
P 96 Kyle Hughes, 6-0, 182, RFr.

San Jose State

QB 13 Myles Eden, 6-1, 182, Jr.
RB 43 James Callier, Jr., 6-0, 225, Sr.
RB 33 Dominique Hunsucker, 5-10, 194, Jr.
WR 8 David Richmond, 6-4, 200, Sr.
WR 6 Kevin Jurovich, 6-0, 183, Sr.
TE 9 Jeff Clark, 6-5, 250, Sr.
OT 65 Fred Koloto, 6-3, 290, So.
OG 72 Isaac Leatiota, 6-4, 295 So.
C 79 Ronnie Castillo, 6-0, 292, Jr.
OG 73 Ailao Eliapo, 6-2, 320, So.
OT 59 Jon Moreno, 6-4, 280, Jr.
PK 10 Jared Strebeck, 5-8, 176, Sr.

DE 44 Jeff Schweiger, 6-5, 285, Sr
DT 90 Jarron Gilbert, 6-6, 280, Sr.
DT 94 Kalvin Cressel, 6-4, 282 Jr.
DE 95 Carl Ihenacho, 6-3, 245, Jr.
LB 19 Duke Ihenacho, 6-1, 200 So.
LB 14 Travis Jones, 6-1, 220, Jr.
LB 93 Justin Cole, 6-3, 240, Jr.
CB 29 Christopher Owens, 5-10, 170, Sr.
SS 22 Andrew Ryan, 6-0, 195, Sr.
FS 24 Devin Newsome, 5-10, 165, So.
CB 4 Coye Francies, 6-1, 185, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The defense should be excellent. The line is terrific, the linebacking corps should be solid, and the secondary gets back a nice corner in Christopher Owens. It's Francies who's expected to become the star as both a shut-down corner and a kick returner. The former Oregon State transfer has all the tools.

P 18 Shaheen Purfallah, 5-11, 200 RFr.

Utah State

QB 10 Sean Setzer, 6-2, 227, Sr.
RB 27 Curtis Marsh, 5-11, 194, So.
FB 32 Jacob Actkinson, 6-0, 226, So.
WR 14 Otis Nelson, 6-4, 214, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The horrific Aggie passing game hasn't exactly been the quarterbacks' fault. Well, it's been a little part of the problem, but outside of Kevin Robinson, who's off to the NFL, there hasn't been any production from the other targets. Big veteran Otis Nelson has to become more of a factor now, and he wasn't this off-season.

WR 11 Stanley Morrison, 5-8, 156, RFr.
TE 86 Rob Myers, 6-4, 240, Sr.
OT 52 Spencer Johnson, 6-5, 292, So.
OG 69 Ty Rogers, 6-3, 300, So.
C 56 Ryan Tonnemacher, 6-3, 292, Sr.
OG 68 Phillip Gapelu, 6-1, 309, RFr.
OT 77 Derek Hoke, 6-9, 315, Sr.
PK 38 Peter Caldwell, 6-4, 240, So.

DE 93 Gregg Clark, 6-4, 277, Sr.
DT 58 Ben Calderwood, 6-2, 267, Sr.
DT 92 Casey Davis, 6-3, 284, Jr.
DE 54 Nathan Royster, 6-0, 256, So.
LB 43 Kyle Gallagher, 6-0, 198, So.
LB 53 Jake Hutton, 6-0, 236, Sr.
LB 31 Paul Igboeli, 6-0, 211, Jr.
CB 7 Chris Randle, 5-10, 180, So.
SS 26 James Brindley, 5-10, 195, Jr.
FS 39 Caleb Taylor, 6-3, 193, Sr.
CB 1 Kejon Murphy, 5-8, 160, Jr.
P 38 Peter Caldwell, 6-4, 240, So.