Guelph only uses two traditional linebackers – a middle LB [MIKE] and a weakside LB [WILL]. Adam Dunk was a fixture in the middle for five years while Matt Rossetti has been the starter at WILL for the past two seasons. Dunk and Rossetti were #1 & 3 on the team in tackles in 2010, accounting for 112 tackles and assists between them. Big shoes to fill.
The third position with a linebacker title is the strongside LB [SAM]. The SAM position is no longer a true linebacker position but a hybrid, a cross between LB & DB. The change is a response to changes in offenses, particularly the growth of spread offenses.
Position Starter #2 Depth
MIKE Jake Reinhart Jordan McCoskey # Speakman, Meher, Harpell
WILL Curtis Rukavina Colin MacDonald # Speakman, Meher, Harpell
SAM* Brian Dunjko Taylor Palmer various defensive backs
# – in no particular order
*Since 2009 Guelph has staffed the position with a defensive back.
Jake Reinhart (6′ 215, Guelph CVI/ Guelph Bears) – entering his 4th season, has played since his freshman year primarily on special teams. Was 2010 Special Forces Player-of-Year. One of my picks for a player to have a breakout season.
Curtis Rukavina (6’2 225, Mississausga St Francis Xavier) – entering his 4th season. Has seen lots of special teams action. Was the defensive Player-of-Game vs Western filling in for an injured Rossetti. Missed spring camp with a shoulder injury that is 100% healed. Played one season at Erie Community College in Buffalo .
Colin MacDonald (6′ 215, Huron Heights) – entering his third season. Dressed in 2010, saw limited action. Had a strong spring camp.
Jordan McCoskey (6′ 210, London South) – entering his second season. Dressed as a freshman, saw limited action.
Fraser Speakman (6’3″ 200, Sault Ste Marie St Basil’s) – did not play as a freshman.
Jack Meher (6’1″ 195, Barrie North) – did not play as a freshman.
Jacob Harpell (6’1″ 220, Kingston Holy Cross/Limestone Grenadiers) – did not play as a freshman. Had a excellent OVFL season in 2010.
Bryan Dunjko (5’11” 190, Huron Heights) – entering his 4th season. Started at SAM two seasons. Missed a couple of games with a hand injury in 2010. Won the Kyle Walters award for being the player who demonstrates the highest level of preparation.
Taylor Palmer (6’1″ 190, Niag Falls St Paul’s/ Niag Spears) – entering his third season. Started a couple of games at SAM in 2010. Plays a lot on special teams.
New Recruits: John Rush, Connor Pritty, Cameron Walker, Chad Sorensen, Nigel Henry [SAM]