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August 27, 2008 1:23 PM

Defensive players talk

Posted by Bob Condotta

Wednesday is the traditional day for defensive players and coaches to talk to the media. Here are a few notes and quotes to pass along:

--- Senio Kelemete said his listed weight of 260 is definitely wrong. "That was high school,'' he said. "I'm 295 now.'' Kelemete was a popular interview topic today based on his rapid ascension to a starting spot. He said he was "pretty shocked'' to see his name at the top of the depth chart, and actually didn't want to look at it at first, letting some family members peruse it and tell him what it says. He said coaches had told him only that "you're going to have a big role'' and he figured that meant he would be a backup. Instead, he's scheduled to start.

--- Alameda Ta'amu likewise will have a big role in his first college game, listed as a backup at one defensive tackle spot, though Ta'amu said his official role is nose tackle (a statement that obviously can let the mind wonder what we might see Saturday. Coaches won't say, however, so it's best to assume we'll see some different looks and wait for Saturday to analyze exactly what is different). "I think I'm going to play a lot because there are only three nose tackles and I'm number two on the depth chart so they want to keep rotating so people get rested,'' he said. Ta'amu has had to take some practices off during camp to rest his foot --- he suffered a streess fracture in his fourth metatarsel last year. But he said the foot feels good and that an X-ray Monday indicated the bone is healing as planned. "it's healthy,'' he said. "Way better than it was when I first got here.''

--- Victor Aiywea, listed as a backup to Darin Harris at strong safety, said he's not upset with his roster designation, understanding that it is in part because he's been bothered by a groin injury and not able to participate in every practice. "I feel the coaches probably feel more comfortable with Darin because he's 100 percent and you don't want to put a guy out there who is 85 to 90 percent when you have a guy who can give you 100 percent,'' he said. "I feel comfortable because I know I will have my chance to show what I can do and just continue to progess as the season goes. I'm really not upset, just down on myself because I'm not 100 percent healthy. But I know i can perform up to any safety in the conference, I feel I'm the best at whatever I do. So this has set me back but I feel there will be a major comeback soon when I get healthy.''

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