New defensive coordinator Kevin Clune doubles as the team’s inside linebackers coach. In the latter respect, he still has some decisions to make.
For his starting two ‘backers (and reserve rotation) on the inside in the team’s new 3-4 base scheme, he’s looking primarily at a pool of Tevita Lataimua, Simon Poti, Malachi Mageo, Julian Gener, Jerrol Garcia-Williams and Benny Fonua.
“So there’s some good depth,” Clune said.
Clune will weigh his most recent depth chart in part based on the results Tuesday’s refereed scrimmage at the T.C. Ching Athletics Complex.
“We’ll see after the scrimmage (is viewed) kind of who’s separated themselves to be on top,” he said. “But that’s the main thing, is that any of those guys can be in the ballgame.”
Clune came over from Mountain West (and former WAC) opponent Utah State. The Aggies, once a conference doormat in football, elevated their game in recent seasons before Clune’s defection.
“He’s a good, hard coach,” Lataimua said. “He’s tough on us. He always repeats himself because he wants us (to get it down). He’s a very detailed coach. It’s all about the little things for him. You know, less talking and more showing with him. But I mean, relationship’s good, I like him as a coach. I like the plays that he’s doing, I like the calls that he makes.”