San Jose State Linebackers Are More Than Frank Ginda
What linebackers will step up to help Ginda and the Spartans defense?
Taking a dive at the San Jose State linebacking group
For new San Jose State Spartans head coach Brent Brennan, the makeup of this year’s class was far more important than their rankings. Brennan signed five linebackers, three of whom hail from the junior college ranks, and wants to improve the defensive front into a 3-4 scheme.
Bryson Bridges will start at defensive tackle, while leading tackler Frank Ginda will return as an inside linebacker. Ethan Aguayo, a sophomore who made 10 starts last season, should join Ginda at linebacker. Aguayo, along with David Williams, are outside linebackers who can match up in the slot or with tight ends in the passing game.
Besides that, there will be some mixing and matching to fill in the missing gaps. Owen Roberts will shift from nose tackle to defensive end, despite making the most tackles of any defensive lineman last season. Mikal Berry and Nico Aimonetti, a pair of seniors with limited experience last season, are currently in the mix at defensive end.
As a result, the class included two quarterbacks, two power running backs, and eight players who will perform at linebacker or on the defensive line.
First impressions look great, but only time will tell how this class pans out in the gridiron.