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Utah State: Linebacker and defensive back preview (+video)

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Utah State safety Dallin Leavitt is excited to get back on the playing field this fall after transferring from BYU following the 2014 season.

Utah State safety Dallin Leavitt is excited to get back on the playing field this fall after transferring from BYU following the 2014 season.


Heading into the season, the Aggies have a lot of questions at linebacker. With Kyler Fackrell and Nick Vigil both being drafted into the NFL and LT Filiaga being signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, the question has been who will fill those spots. While it may seem that the Aggies are in trouble, they have solid guys returning from last season looking to make an impact and step up.

"I think we're solid right now. Obviously we have a lot to replace, a lot to get used to and a lot of new guys in there who haven’t played a ton. But I think guys have stepped up really well and are making plays,” said Brock Carmen.

Linebacker preview:

Key losses:

Kyler Fackrell (3rd round draft pick, Green Bay Packers)

Nick Vigil (3rd round draft pick, Cincinnati Bengals)

Torrey Green (NFL, free agent)

LT Filiaga (NFL, Philadelphia Eagles)

Returning players:

Brock Carmen (6-3, 235)

Derek Larsen (6-3, 240)

Anthony Williams (6-2, 230)

Alex Huerta (6-3, 240)

New faces:

Logan Lee (6-3, 245)

David Woodward (6-2, 210)

Kevin Meitzenheimer (5-11, 225)

Patrick Miranda (5-10, 220)

Overall outlook:

This position is the most inexperienced for the Aggies heading into the season, but it brings back a lot of talent. Brock Carmen, who played in all 13 games last season, will bring the ability to play at both inside and outside linebacker for the Aggies. Logan Lee had a solid spring season for the Aggies and can use that momentum going into the season. Anthony Williams is back for the Aggies this season and has the ability to make a huge impact for the team. Williams is quick and in the 2014 season gave the Aggies a glimpse of what he can do, recording 10 tackles.

Defensive back preview:

Key losses:

Myron Turner (Transfer to Angelo State)

Marwin Evans (NFL, Green Bay Packers)

Tyler Floyd (Graduation)

Bryant Hayes (Graduation)

Returning players:

Jontrell Rocquemore (6-1, 200)

Dallin Leavitt (5-10, 205)

Jalen Davis (5-10, 185)

Devin Centers (5-9, 200)

New faces:

Makiah Gilmer (6-0, 175)

Jay Brown (5-8, 165)

Braxton Gunther (5-10, 180)

Zach Swenson (5-11, 195)

Overall outlook:

Dallin Leavitt is ready to make an impact after redshirting last season as a transfer. Leavitt transferred from BYU and is expected to start. He’s been praised as a natural leader. Expect Leavitt to be a major factor in the backfield for the Aggies. Jalen Davis is returning for the Aggies after a solid 2015 season. He started in all 13 games for the Aggies and received an All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention nod. Devin Centers started in eight games for the Aggies but saw action in all 13 games. Look for the centers to bring excitement and energy to this backfield.

Carra McManamon is a native of Washington state and is attending the University of Utah. Contact her at cmcmanamon@deseretdigital.com or follow her on Twitter: @curramac22