Color me not worried about the ILB.
Last season was essentially worst case scenarios. The expectation was that
Beavers and Welly would be the starters and the odds were that Calvert would be
the likely choice as one of the backups and probably Manu.
We’ll not only did Beavers medically retire, but Calvert gets injured and Danny Hammer has
some sort of strange injury. We essentially end up playing guys that were largely expected to
be 3rd string.
After that pain we now know a couple of things. Sirmon wasn’t ready but he progressed as the season
went along. Tafisi is a hitter but he needs to be strong on his instincts because he’s a bit
lacking in speed. Ulofoshio was the biggest surprise and one of the better guys at getting pressure
on the opposing QB when sent.
This season we should phase Calvert in slowly to make sure his knee is solid. ILB competition should be
great with Danny Hammer, Miki Ah You, Drew Fowler, Tupatala and incoming frosh in the mix.
Getting a lion’s share of the reps is going to require a lot more work this season as compared to last
The starting ILB should be ready and prepared after good practice battles.
The Depth is there…we just need the talent to rise to the top.