PROVO — Inside linebacker is considered to be the deepest position on the 2012 BYU football team. Inside linebacker coach Paul Tidwell believes he can go seven-deep at the position with a good mix of talent and experience at his disposal.
Here's a look at the seven players vying for playing time at inside linebacker on the two-deep roster.
Kaveinga signed with and played for USC prior to transferring to BYU. He started last season at mike linebacker and will undoubtedly reprise that role again this season. He's been a consistent enforcer throughout the fall practice session.
Ogletree has become a major contributor on defense after being lightly recruited out of high school. He's been battling through a foot injury — limiting his availability during fall practices — but should start again at buck linebacker if deemed healthy.
Beck has been beset by injury since joining BYU's program, but finally looks healthy and ready to contribute. He's a good option to back up the buck linebacker position this season.
Stout came to BYU as one of the more highly-recruited linebackers ever signed by the program. He played as a true freshman, but sat out last season due to an injury. He's recovered and has logged most of his practice time with the 2s at the mike linebacker position.
Pikula comes from Bingham High and has impressed since entering the program last season. Following a standout scrimmage, Pikula has logged a lot of time in place of the injured Ogletree with the first-team defense at buck linebacker.
Jorgensen tried out the fullback position this past spring, but is now back at inside linebacker. He has good game experience playing at both the mike and buck positions and provides good security at both positions.
Unga sat out last season after transferring from Oregon State due to NCAA transfer regulations. He performed admirably in practice sessions and looks to establish himself amongst a crowded group of able inside linebackers.