In the sixth part of the position breakdown series I will breakdown the linebackers, in which I will give the projected depth chart, stats from last year, level of competition, and write up. Well start out with the depth chart.
26 Jarell Childs 6-2 230 Sr. Starter
2 Justin Tuggle 6-3 233 Sr. Second string
52 Mike Moore 6-2 213 Fr. Third string
36 Nick Briney 6-0 225 Sr. Fourth string/Scout team
35 David Smith 6-0 221 So. Fourth string/Scout team
4 Arthur Brown 6-1 228 Sr. Starter
53 Blake Slaughter 5-10 227 Sr. Second string
47 Jared Loomis 6-0 226 Sr. Third string
6 Tate Snyder 5-11 223 So. Fourth string/Scout team
50 Tre Walker 6-3 225 Jr. Starter
21 Jonathan Truman 5-11 213 So. Second string
34 Cody Marley 5-11 201 So. Third string
20 Riley Williams 5-10 210 So. Fourth string/Scout team
For stats, level of competition, and writeup keep reading after the jump.
2011 LB stats
Arthur Brown- 101 tackles, 2 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 1 int
Tre Walker- 52 tackles, 0.5 sack, 4 tackles for loss
Jonathan Truman- 17 Tackles
Jared Loomis- 9 Tackles
Blake Slaughter- 2 tackles
Justin Tuggle- 1 tackle
Level of competition- ROLB 2, MLB 1, LOLB 3
The biggest parts of last years linebacker corps returns this year with Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Arthur Brown and Tre Walker both returning to their positions. The third linebacker spot will feature Jarell Childs and/or ex-QB Justin Tuggle. After transferring from Miami, Arthur Brown proved that his 5 star rating was no mistake as he became the fourth K-Stater to be named Big 12 newcomer of the year in the last five years. There is no doubt that Manny Lamur will be missed but there are plenty of players with great athleticism that will replace him. Despite having to break in a new starter I would expect this group to be better than last year and with new DC Tom Hayes now calling plays to get into the backfield even more.