Several members of Baylor's defensive line were banged up during the Bears' spring camp allowing for plenty of competition for playing time. BearsIllustrated.com takes a look at the post-spring depth chart for Baylor.
1.Gary Mason Jr. 6-4, 265, Sr. AND Terrance Lloyd 6-3, 240, Jr.
2.Chris McAllister 6-3, 255, Jr. AND Tevin Elliot 6-3, 250, Jr.
The Bears need to stay healthy along the defensive front, and at the end position several members were held out due to injury this spring. Tevin Elliot, an under-sized, yet explosive end did not participate in spring drills allowing for junior Terrance Lloyd to come out of the spring with the top spot. Lloyd is a rangy end with a high motor that should compliment Gary Mason Jr. on the other side.
Mason Jr. is entering his senior season with high expectations. Mason was held out of spring drills because of injury and will be a key piece to the Baylor defense. Backing up Mason Jr. will be Chris McAllister, a former linebacker for the Bears. McAllister looks like he may have found a home at defensive end after competing and playing at linebacker earlier in his Baylor career.
1. Nick Johnson 6-2, 295, Sr. AND Kaeron Johnson 6-2, 300, Sr.
2. Trevor Clemons-Valdez 6-3, 295, RdFr. AND Beau Blackshear 6-3, 285, RdFr.
"Johnson and Johnson" man the middle of this Baylor defensive line. Senior Kaeron Johnson is a quick moving 300-pound tackle that once played in the Baylor offensive backfield. Nick Johnson is entering his senior season at Baylor after a productive season as a junior. Both will likely be called upon to log heavy minutes as they are backed up by redshirt freshmen.
Backing up Kaeron Johnson is redshirt freshman Clemons-Valdez. Clemons-Valdez has added solid weight to his frame and has made a big impact through spring drills. Redshirt freshman Beau Blackshear will back up Nick Johnson and has shown flashes of explosiveness and power in the interior defensive front.