2018 Preseason Camp Preview: Linebackers
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The 2018 Linebackers unit is the latest Preseason Camp Previews. Throughout the 2018 preseason camp we will have video previews of each position, including today's linebacker feature. Stony Brook is luck enough to posses one of the nation's most formidable linebacker duos in senior captains Shayne Lawless (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Noah McGinty (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad). Lawless has been a two-time All-CAA Football performer and it is hard to deny his widespread level of production sets him apart from most linebackers around the country. His 93 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, eight sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception in 2017 is a resume that sets him apart on a national level. His leadership, ability to communicate and football IQ has played a large role in Stony Brook consistently being an elite defensive group. McGinty makes up the other half of the bash brother tandem. The California native is an extension of linebacker coach Matt Hachmann on the field and like Lawless impacts the game in a number of ways. His 95 tackles in 2017 trailed only current Cincinatti Bengal Tyrice Bevertte for the team lead. He added 11 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception. The do it all linebacker recorded 13 tackles in a single game twice in 2017 vs. both Maine and James Madison. Together Lawless and McGinty represent an incredible amount of experience, production and leadership that are poised to once again lead the Seawolves' defense to great achievements in 2018. Waiting in the wings is fellow senior Deyshaun Tucker (Ozone Park, N.Y./Christ the King) who played in all 13 games this past fall and recorded 21 total tackles. Also adding quality depth and playmaking ability is sophomore Elijah Duff (Wyandanch, N.Y./Amityville) and freshman Reidgee Dimanche (Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West). The Seawolves open the season at FBS opponent Air Force in Colorado Springs on Sept. 1 before hosting Bryant in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 8.