|Brady Pallante (image via Maize and Blue News)
Weight: 276 lbs.
High school: Naples (FL) Barron Collier
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #45
Last year: I ranked Pallante #88 and said he would redshirt. He redshirted.
Pallante was an undersized nose tackle last year and did not see the field at all. When Jim Harbaugh was hired and spring practice began, many were surprised to find that Pallante had a new jersey and a new position. One major reason for the position change is likely that both fullbacks (Joe Kerridge, Sione Houma) are seniors that will need to be replaced in 2016. Harbaugh also probably has a plan to work a jumbo fullback into the backfield, and that role could be filled by Pallante or perhaps some like defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, Jr. Pallante won't be a starter this season and probably won't be an extremely valuable member of the offense, but he could see an occasional snap in certain packages.
Prediction: Backup fullback