FS JOSH HILL SENIOR
Last season the 5' 10", 207-pound Houstonian had 49 tackles and two interceptions. A nickelback by trade, Hill has been effective at safety.
NG KENDRICK PAYNE SENIOR
A mainstay of coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 3--4 scheme, the 6' 2" 274-pounder had career highs in tackles (16) and sacks (two) in '11. A dominant spring makes him a suitable replacement for Aaron Tipoti, who is too versatile not to deploy in other spots.
TB ISI SOFELE SENIOR
The 5' 8", 183-pound Sofele paced the Bears in carries (252), yards (1,382) and rushing touchdowns (10) last year. He'll have to hold off C.J. Anderson for the lead-back slot.