The Redshirts are Coming ... HelixTrojan Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 1,575 Likes Received: 3,126 Aug 2, 2018 #1 One of the strengths of a roster is the number of talented red-shirt freshmen that are in position to make a bid for significant time on the field in any given year. Last year, WR Tyler Vaughns was the breakout red-shirt freshman who made a big impact on the field. This year, there is a wider group who could be significant contributors in 2018: First Group - * NT Marlon Tuipulotu - an immediate rotation player on defense before a back injury caused him to red-shirt his frosh year. Having a big time talent back in the interior DLine rotation is a big plus, as it is only a matter of reps for MarlonT. * CB Greg Johnson - made noise last Fall Camp before an injury set-back, and then came back to get more duties early in the 2017 season before a re-aggravation of the shoulder injury from camp resulted in a red-shirt year. He's young, but a strong competitor who likes to mix it up. * OLB Hunter Echols - one of the most physically improved players on the roster, Echols has put on 20lbs of muscle during the off-season as a disciple to starter Porter Gustin. Next Group - * DT Jay Tufele - it will be interesting to see how far Tufele can insert himself into DC Pendergast's defensive line scheme. He is stronger and more familiar with his assignments coming into Fall Camp. * Center Brett Neilon - in his second year, Neilon will look to prove himself as a reliable reserve on an OLine that will need to find at least (3) backups who can play at a moment's notice. * Safety Isaiah Pola Mao - an early shoulder injury his frosh season put him on the shelf. He's back now, and few players look better in a uniform at 6'4, 200lbs. Others - * QB Jack Sears * OG Alijah Vera-Tucker * OT Jalen McKenzie * CB Je'Quari Godfrey * DL Jacob Lichtenstein Trojan Man 30, earlandnic, AlbertoC and 6 others like this.