May 13, 2007

Spring Review: LB

The Arizona State linebacker position group looks to be significantly different from last season, not only due to personnel losses, but as a result of a philosophical change instituted by the new coaching staff that will emphasize speed and coverage ability.

Beau Manutai and Derron Ware, two of the six players who primarily saw action in the rotation last season, have now departed, and Morris Wooten was the one scholarship addition to the program this spring.

Wooten, a 6-foot-1, 237 pound mid-year JUCO transfer out of Glendale Community College who earned second-team All-American honors last season, stepped right into the first-team middle (MIKE) linebacker spot vacated by Manutai, and looked like one of the best and most consistent players on the defense over the four week period.

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