Five days until kickoff in Fayetteville!
We have updated the TrojanWire gridiron (the NEWS BY PLAYER nav) according to the latest position battles.
First we need to talk about junior offensive guard Drew Radovich because we’ve never even mentioned him here before. Shame on us — not even representing a good old boy from our hometown Orange County. Drew beat out Jeff Byers to become the starting left guard this fall. Byers will likely back up Ryan Kalil at center.
Terrell Thomas is back at corner after suffering a knee injury last year against Arkansas. Kevin Thomas or Cary Harris are listed as the second corners, but we are staying with the Thomas theme.
We are leaving the 4-3 set up on D and Kyle Moore as the second defensive end, but we could change that depending on how often we see Brian Cushing.
Oscar Lua is there at MLB because he is a team captain. Rey Maualuga will eventually supplant him though.
Chris Barrett and Fili Moala were actually listed as co-starters at defensive tackle. But we can only give the nod to one guy. Sorry Fili.
Saddleback JC transfer Ryan Powdrell takes over for Brandon Hancock in the three-point stance.
But what everyone wants to know is who will be the starting tailback? While it would be much easier to fit C.J. Gable’s name in there, we came up with an abbreviation for the former math major, Chauncey Washington (C. Washington). Seems only fair. The guy deserves the benefit of the doubt if he says, “I’ll be good for Arkansas.”