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Quarterback

Diondre Borel, 6-0, 187, Jr.

As athletic a player as USU has on the roster. Fast, deceptive and a threat to break it every time he tucks the ball and run. Still needs to develop as a thrower and pocket quarterback, though. Should be much improved with first offseason as a QB.

Running backs

Robert Turbin, 5-10, 212, So.

Michael Smith, 5-9, 199, Jr.

Turbin is the starter while Smith is the lightning-quick change of pace runner. Turbin averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored a team high eight TDs as a freshman. Smith averaged 7.6 per rush at Eastern Arizona JC. Look for Ronald Scott (6-0, 215) to see some time at fullback.

Offensive line

Brennan McFadden, 6-2, 295, Sr.

Funaki Asisi, 6-3, 300, So.

Spencer Johnson, 6-5, 291, Jr.

Philip Gapelu, 6-2, 305, So.

Tariq Polley, 6-4, 299, Jr.

Plenty of starts on the collective resume of this line. But not enough firepower produced for anyone to feel secure. Offseason focus was on adding strength and improving run-blocking to free up Turbin, Smith and Borel.

Wide receivers/tight ends

Nnamdi Gwacham, 6-3, 211, Sr.

Stanley Morrison, 5-9, 162, So.

Omar Sawyer, 5-9, 179, Sr.

Jeremy Mitchell, 6-5, 248, Sr.

Lots of returning players capable of catching balls, but none that have demonstrated break-away speed or game-changing skills. Mitchell may see more action with a new offensive set.

Defensive backs

Kejon Murphy, 5-9, 168, Sr.

James Brindley, 5-11, 195, Sr.

Rajric Coleman, 6-2, 179, Jr.

An area of concern for the Aggies. Murphy and Brindley are solid, Coleman a talented newcomer, but depth is an issue and USU has moved players like Curtis Marsh from running back to shore things up.

Linebackers

Paul Igboeli, 6-0, 220, Sr.

Bobby Wagner, 6-1, 225, So.

Chris Williams, 6-2, 207, Sr.

Igboeli is on the Lombardi Award watch and is moving up the USU and WAC all-time tackles list. Wagner appears to have moved his way into a starting spot after moving from the line and Williams, a senior, may not redshirt as once expected. Returning starter Jordan Glass is also in the mix and might start.

Defensive line

Sean Enesi, 5-10, 275, Jr.

Darby Golden, 6-2, 254, Sr.

Junior Keiaho, 6-3, 242, So.

Alan Bishop, 6-5, 280, Sr.

Keiaho has had a tremendous fall camp and is one of the surprises for Andersen. Enesi played offensive line in junior college but has been moved at USU. Golden, if healthy, can be a sack machine.

K/P/KR/H

Chris Ulinksi, 6-3, 203, Sr.

Peter Caldwell, 6-4, 231, Jr.

Kejon Murphy, 5-9, 168, Sr.

Caldwell nailed 32 of 33 PATs and 10 of 12 field goals as a sophomore and will be back again and will also handle the punting Ulinksi, however, has been impressive in camp and has the stronger leg, leading the WAC in touchbacks. Murphy was the only punt returner used by USU a year ago and averaged 24.2 yards per kickoff return.