Head coach Tim Walsh (left) watches the offense during a scrimmage on Aug. 20 at Spanos Stadium. The Mustangs open their 2016 season Friday night at Nevada.

Three weeks of practice have been completed and Cal Poly’s fall football camp is now over.

A quartet of freshmen, three of them redshirts in 2015, made quite an impression on the Mustang coaching staff and improved their stock on the preseason depth chart.

True freshman Chuby Dunu from Buchanan High School in Clovis and redshirt freshman David Cooper out of Loyola High School are now listed No. 3 at one of the slot back positions.

Redshirt freshmen Tyler Whisenhunt and Kitu Humphrey and worked their way up the depth chart — Whisenhunt No. 2 at left guard on the offensive line and Humphrey No. 1 at right safety in the defensive secondary.

“We have to find a spot for Chuby with his speed,” said eighth-year Mustang head coach Tim Walsh, “and we expect Cooper to be a contributor as well. He has fought off injuries and will be a very good addition at slot.

“Whisenhunt has had an outstanding camp,” Walsh added. “Although he is not starting, he’s pushing guys. Humphrey adds a lot of physicality to our secondary. We ask a lot of our safeties from a mental aspect, and Humphrey can contribute both mentally and physically.”

Three transfers from California community colleges also will play key roles on the field this fall.

Safety and nickel back Dominic Frasch from Bakersfield College, defensive tackle LJ Mealancon from College of the Canyons and outside linebacker Mason Montgomery from Butte College “need to be solid backups for us,” Walsh said.

Fall Camp opened Aug. 6 with 65 veterans, including 22 redshirts, along with five transfers and 26 true freshmen. The final session was held Friday morning. The Mustangs begin preparations on Sunday for their 2016 season opener next Friday at Nevada.

“Obviously, we’re extremely excited to get started and see where we are on the football side of things,” Walsh added. “We will find out quickly against a very good Nevada team.”

Cal Poly will practice Sunday through Wednesday before boarding the busses late Wednesday morning for the trip to Reno.

The Mustangs, seeking to turn around a 4-7 campaign in 2015, play their home opener Saturday, Sept. 10, against San Diego at 4:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.


Senior Sports Reporter

Elliott Stern has worked at Lee Central Coast Newspapers for the last 18 years after more than 30 years working in television and radio news and sports.

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