The run-and-shoot uses only one back behind the quarterback in the backfield, and it's usually a fullback type. PSU's leading rusher from 2006, 5-8, 200-pound Mu'Ammar Ali, also is practicing this spring at slotback.
• Transfer Zach Tarver (6-5, 215) from Oregon State and Jesuit High is the team's tallest wide receiver. The other prominent transfer pass catcher, 6-0, 190-pound Reggie Joseph from Colorado, is at slotback.
• Three walk-on QBs are with the Viks, including former Lincoln star Collin Beeson. Getting plenty of early throws were Garrett Graves (6-3, 200, sophomore, from Missoula, Mont., and College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Jimmy Collins (6-0, 200, junior, Novata, Calif., City College of San Francisco). Graves missed most of last season with a broken finger on his nonthrowing hand.
Other walk-ons include 6-4 freshman receiver Kyle Wise (Wilson), 5-11 frosh corner Dan Randol (Centennial) and 300-pound offensive lineman Sean Lugo (Tualatin/Western Oregon).
• Grant linebacker-fullback Grant Schuberg is expected to walk on in the fall, along with receivers Ricky Cookman (Clackamas) and Jude Graves (Aloha).
• The defense is excited to be working under new head coach Jerry Glanville.
'I think it's going to be amazing,' defensive end Cole Smith says. 'His scheme's going to work, once we learn it.
'It gives us a little more freedom and maybe opens up some lanes for a few more sacks,' Smith says, 'and hopefully it will confuse some Big Sky teams that are used to seeing the same defense.
'A lot of it is the mentality. He says we're 'trained killers,' and we're going to be the hardest-hitting team on the West Coast.'
• Glanville wants conventional jersey numbers - in other words, nobody at linebacker wearing No. 5 (as Adam Hayward did last season) or at safety in No. 17 (Charles Manigo a year ago).
• Linebacker Aaron Dickson (Grant), who played in all 11 games and made 14 tackles last year, is being held out of spring drills with a shoulder injury. The team says he should be able to play in the fall. Junior cornerback Stanley Jackson (11 games, 16 tackles in 2006) is out of spring workouts for academic reasons. PSU needs to replace starting corners Dominic Dixon and Odell Jackson.
• With no tight ends in the run-and-shoot, those players have shifted to other spots. Matt Leunen is on the offensive line, Chris Fultcher is a wideout and Matt Nelson and Kevin McGlothen are playing linebacker.
- Steve Brandon