The foursome of Malcom Sheppard, Marcus Harrison, Ernest Mitchell and Antwain Robinson has started the past two games and the defensive line turned in its best effort against Auburn. Backups Marcus Shavers, Fred Bledsoe and Damario Ambrose turned in valuable stints off the bench.
That's the good news. The bad? No one has emerged as a consistent threat to quarterbacks like Jamaal Anderson, who had 19.5 tackles for losses and 13.5 sacks. Sheppard leads the team in tackles for losses at the midway point (8). Robinson leads the team in sacks (2). Arkansas has 7 sacks one season after getting 37. The run defense hasn't been great, either, giving up 157.5 rushing yards a game (eighth in SEC).
Harrison was expected to have a huge season, but got off to a bad start and suspended for one game because of his drug possession arrest on Aug. 24. So was Mitchell, who hit an Alabama player with his helmet. Robinson scored a touchdown against Kentucky, but hasn't been as dominant off the edge.
Defensive Line — C
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