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Jalen Miller makes a stop at N.C. State.

Furman calls its outside linebackers “spurs” and “bandits,” and both appear prepared to create mayhem in opposing offenses.

Four players comprise the spur position, two of whom, Jalen Miller (5-11, 211, R-Jr.) and Caden Richards (6-2, 202, R-So.), both Upstate South Carolina products, boast starting experience.

“We’ve got some depth and experience there (at spur) and some good competition,” said head coach Clay Hendrix on Monday.  “Jalen, who’s been in our program a while and played inside and outside, is now at spur.  He’s been a productive guy for us.  It’s a more natural position for him.”

Miller, who is from Duncan, counts one start at spur among his four career starts. He has seen action in 30 games over the past three seasons and totaled 37 tackles.

“Caden is another guy who has played some, mainly on special teams, but also at spur,” said Hendrix.

Richards, a Gaffney native, earned the 1st start of his career in a 42-20 win over Wofford last year and went on to total 18 tackles in the season.

Also expected to be in the mix at spur is Amaah Achina (6-1, 207, R-Fr.).

“Amaah got in a few games last year, but we were able to redshirt him,” noted Hendrix.  “He has good length, runs well, and [we] feel he has a bright future there.”

The Paladins also count Brandt Babin (6-1, 207, R-Fr.) in the group.

Hendrix stated, “Brandt’s a young guy with ability.  He made a lot of progress in the offseason, and it will be interesting to watch his development.”

One option Hendrix has to bolster the position, if needed, is projected starting safety Dae’one Wilkins (6-0, 202, R-Sr.), who counts 30 games of experience and 13 starts at spur.

“You might see Dae’one pop down there based on certain personnel and teams we play,” Hendrix said.

At bandit Furman graduated All-America and 3-time All-Southern Conference selection Adrian Hope, along his 41 games of experience, 29 starts, and 25.5 sacks (3rd in FU history).

Hope’s replacement will likely come from Luke Clark (6-3, 243, R-So.) and Alex Maier (6-4, 238, R-Fr.).  Clark has seen action in 16 games and made a couple of sacks a year ago.  Maier, meanwhile, holds promise that should be realized this fall.

“Luke has played a good bit for us and been productive,” said Hendrix. “He has a big body and gives us something against the rush and pass.

“Alex is a talented young guy.  Right now I think you’re going to see both of them in there, a bunch.  He’s similar to Luke — good versus the run but brings us something as a pass rusher.”

 Hendrix also likes the promise of the unit’s newest member, Emmanuel Adebayo (6-2, 225, Gr.), who joined the program as a graduate transfer this summer.

 “A.D., as we call him, played primarily in a 4-down front at Northern Colorado, but we think what he’s doing now is more suited to his skill set. That’s what we saw in him.  He’s shown up out there in a good way, and we think he can help us in our pass rush and also on special teams,” the 6th-year head coach said.

Also on hand is Luke McLaughlin (6-2, 210, R-Fr.), “who spent last year rehabilitating after an injury in high school,” said Hendrix. “He has a good motor and likes to play.”