We’ll continue our review of UW’s position groups with spring practice on hiatus with a look at the linebackers:
Shaq Thompson, 6-2, 225, So.
Cory Littleton, 6-3, 230, So.
Scott Lawyer, 6-2, 223,, So.
Evan Zeger, 6-2, 223,, So.
John Timu, 6-1-, 231, Jr.
Thomas Tutogi, 6-0, 242, Sr.
Princeton Fuimaono, 6-1, 210, Sr.
Jamaal Kearse, 6-1, 226, Jr.
Inj. — Travis Feeney, 6-4, 209, So.
The linebacking spot looms as one of UW’s most stable entering the spring, with all three starters returning from 2012 — Timu, Feeney and Thompson.
Feeney is out for the spring after having shoulder surgery, however, and has been replaced for now by Fuimaono, who was a full-time starter in 2011 — meaning UW essentially has four players back who have at least a season of starting experience at linebacker.
Also back are a few other players with some significant experience such as Tutogi — who started the Stanford game and played extensively all year; Kearse, who missed most of last year with injuries but started four games in 2011; and Littleton, who started two games last season.
Littleton also played a lot of rush end last year and may still handle that at times. But so far this spring he has seemed to play more traditional linebacker. Kearse, who as noted was hampered most of last year with injuries, has appeared healthy so far this spring and looks in position to at least provide able depth, if not more.
Timu and Thompson, meanwhile, have been cited throughout early drills for their strong play. Timu, a rare team captain a year ago as a sophomore, figures to only take on more of a leadership role this season. Thompson, who was the prize signee in the Class of 2012, has lived up to every billing so far and figures to take on an even larger role in the defense this season.
UW will welcome four true frosh linebackers in the fall, and several could find their way onto the field in backup/complementary/special teams roles. But barring injury, linebacker is one spot where starting spots appear set.