"I'm trying to just get out there and play the snaps I play pretty hard,'' Rigg said. "Some of those games last year, I felt like I was going to die afterward. Having a two-deep and getting routine breaks throughout the game is going to help everybody.''
There seems to be a core of about six to eight players filling the two-deep as preseason camp heads into its final few days.
Rigg and Bruce are fairly established on the inside, as is Tonkery at the spur, which is somewhat a linebacker-safety hybrid. In a brief scrimmage Monday that was open to the media, junior college transfer Brandon Golson was playing at the buck, which is more of a power position in which the linebacker can easily step in as a fourth lineman.
Petteway, Kwiatkoski, Ezemma and Barber can easily step in at various positions. And that's not including experienced players Tyler Anderson and Jewone Snow, each of whom has started games, true freshmen Hodari Christian and Al-Rasheed Benton and redshirt freshman Sean Walters.
Is it any wonder the coaches could afford to move Garrett Hope - who played in 12 games last season - from linebacker to fullback last week? Or that the absences of junior college transfer D'Vante Henry and freshman Darrien Howard aren't as significant as they could be?
"And I think all four of the linebacker spots are interchangeable, even from inside to outside,'' Rigg said. "So it makes us more versatile.''
Despite that versatility - the 231-pound Bruce, for example, lined up at safety-centric spur position Monday - there are still specific roles that some of those linebackers will fill. Take Rigg, for instance.
"My role really doesn't change,'' Rigg said. "I'm the run-stopper guy.''
The point, though, is that this year, as opposed to last, there are plenty of bodies to fill those roles. There were games in 2012 that just overtaxed everyone.
"Baylor moved so fast. Honestly, I don't even remember the game. I have to watch it on film to remember what happened,'' Rigg said. "Oklahoma, too. I couldn't even remember plays. I had to watch the film.
"Maybe it's from all the head trauma over these three years is taking a toll on my body. But I'm so focused now on playing the next play that it's probably good that I'm not dwelling on the bad ones.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.