CSU’s linebackers solve area of preseason concern
The Denver Post
FORT COLLINS – From behind the defense, veteran coordinator Larry Kerr watched Colorado State linebackers Mychal Sisson, Alex Williams and Michael Kawulok respond to the simulated Brigham Young plays in practice Tuesday.
“Downhill, attack!” Kerr barked after one play, then followed the next with: “Win that battle on the edge!”
In the Rams’ 3-0 start, Kerr’s linebackers – a mixed bag of a highly touted freshman All-American on the weak side (Sisson), a one-time walk-on in the middle (Williams) and a former “grayshirt” on the strong side who still is trying to put on weight (Kawulok) – have been a collective revelation. The Rams so far have successfully coped with the suspension of junior Ricky Brewer, a two-year starter, for the season because of an undisclosed violation of team rules.
“I don’t want to say it’s the biggest surprise, but I would say I’m extremely happy with the way our linebackers are playing,” CSU coach Steve Fairchild said. “That probably was the biggest question mark going into the season. . . . To be honest with you, we’re probably playing a little better now at linebacker than we did last year.”
Sisson, a sophomore from the Dallas suburb of Duncanville, has thrived in the move from strong side, where he earned those freshman national honors last season, to the weak side, the spot Brewer played. Listed at 5-feet-11 and 203 pounds, Sisson largely has been freed from taking on the tight end. Going into Saturday’s Mountain West Conference opener at No. 19 BYU, he has 11 solo tackles and 14 assists.
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