Sunday Buzz: What's Going On At Linebacker?

Scott Wolf

Jordan Iosefa was expected to start but will miss the season with a knee injury.

But there is a surprise candidate to start instead.

Sophomore Ralen Goforth worked with the first team in practices last week. Goforth had 6 tackles last season and appeared in 12 games. It would have been a surprise if you projected a year ago Goforth would start because he didn't get much opportunity. But he seems to be making the most of it so far.

The other candidate is Kana'i Mauga, who started eight games last year and made 61 tackles.

Palaie Gaoteote is expected to be the other starter. 

Comments (6)
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4SCsports
4SCsports

We have much better linebackers than Iosefa. I am not denigrating his efforts at all, but he was mediocre at best. We have a nice group of linebackers who have much more upside than Iosefa, so let's see what they have....

Rialto Trojan
Rialto Trojan

I just have a feeling that our guys are being coached up a bunch more than last year. I hope we see a real improvement on defense this season .

Bourbon4me
Bourbon4me

Goforth received considerable early praise last year from many pundits, even if he did not have a breakout Frosh year. My understanding of former DC Pendergast's program was that CP did not trust young players who did not fully grasp his scheme, so a Frosh LB would likely get little chance to show his skill. As an example, Houston was placed in the MLB position and given the signal caller duties mostly due to his knowledge of the system, though JH was a natural OLB. Indeed, it seems JH was the only defender capable to fill the MLB role.

Hope Goforth has a fantastic "half-season" for us, in preparation for hopefully an awesome 2021.

gotroy22
gotroy22

Time for Goforth to Go Forth!