Among the newcomers who have caught coach Bob Toledo's eye are tailbacks Tyler Ebell and Terrence Mathis, tight end Keith Carter, receiver Junior Taylor and junior-college transfers Ryan Boschetti, a defensive tackle, and Patrick Pierre-Louis, a weak-side linebacker
The biggest concern might be the condition of weak-side linebacker
Alex Hoffman-Ellis, WSU's leading tackler and a player several UO coaches have mentioned by name this week as a key guy for Washington State.
Polamalu is technically considered a backup to Markus Steele at weak-side linebacker
, with Henry Wallace switching to middle linebacker.
Basic info: 5-foot-11, 209-pound true freshman weak-side linebacker
from San Jose, Calif.
There is plenty of pass-rushing help, too, notably in weak-side linebacker
Chris Slade (nine sacks, including the playoffs) and Bruschi off the bench.
I feel like we can play sideline-to-sideline faster than any team in the country," weak-side linebacker
Spencer Paysinger said.
Position changes: Safety Sammy Knight has been switched to weak-side linebacker
while defensive back Brian Kelly will move to free safety.
Paysinger, a junior in his second season as the starter at weak-side linebacker
, has the most experience of the group, despite never playing that position before coming to Oregon.
Linebackers coach Don Pellum) always says the biggest improvement is between the first and fourth games," said UO weak-side linebacker
Spencer Paysinger, who was full-go at practice Tuesday despite an elbow injury suffered against Purdue.
Ward (ankle) and weak-side linebacker
Spencer Paysinger (elbow) are listed as starters against Utah despite being limited by injuries.