In another in our series of visits with Wildcats football assistants and the players they coach, I talked with defensive assistant coach Bruce Silman at practice Wednesday (August 15). Coach Silman is in his thirteenth year as an assistant for the Wildcats, mainly on offense. He has spent the past two years as a defensive assistant. He is coaching inside linebackers in the Wildcats base 3-4 formation this season.
Coach Silman said he has a great group of solid performers including several who made contributions last year. Bryce McQueen returns. He played seven games last year and had a total of eight tackles and assists. Coach Silman said McQueen may also be called upon to play some offense. Other players Coach Silman has at inside linebacker include Hunter Sonntag, Daniel Moreno, Kaleb Mills, George Greenway and Kaden Davis. Coach Silman said the players are getting lots of reps and are getting better every day.
He said inside linebackers tend to make a lot of tackles by design as they attempt to stop the ran and clog things up for offenses Coach Silman said inside linebackers aid the pass defense by dropping back into coverages. He said his guys are working hard and he added he’s seeing a lot of retention from things learned during the spring.