Going into Spring - DEFENSIVE ENDS

Gone are A.C. Collier and Charles Mann. Gone is Aaron Lard, who would have been one of three seniors at DE. That leaves four DE's for spring drills, and that's only if one is not moved to DT, a position with less depth. For this report, we'll just assume that everyone presently slotted for DE will be there for spring practice. No matter how everything settles out, recruiting across the DL is a high priority for next year's recruiting class.

LEFT DEFENSIVE END

Khari Long, 6-4, 260, Jr-2L - Khari missed the Texas game with a concussion, but played in the remaining 11, starting 4. He had 24 solo tackles on the season and 17 assists. He was also led the team in sacks with 4.5 for 26 yards in losses. Khari also forced a fumble.
Montez Murphy, 6-5, 255, So-JC - Coaches were impressed with Murphy's great quickness and size, however it must be pointed out that Montez has not played football in more than a year. Due to some Kansas law which limits the number of "non-Kansans" which can be on a state-supported junior college roster, he had to sit-out last season while at Coffeyville Community College. He is expected to be a presence at spring practice.

RIGHT DEFENSIVE END

Joe Simmons, 6-5, 245, Sr-3L - Joe played in all 12 games last season, starting 3. He had 14 solo tackles and 24 assists. He tied with Ethan Kelley for 3rd on the team in sacks with 2, resulting in 13 yards in losses.
Dominick Cravens, 6-3, 235, Sr-1L - Dominick came onboard last season from Tyler Junior College. He played in all 12 games, starting 7. He made 10 solo tackles and had 20 assists. He was 2nd on the team in sacks with 2.5, resulting in 15 yards in losses.

OTHER DE'S ON THE ROSTER

Ian Bracken, 6-1, 225, Fr-RS, Waco High
Spencer Caperton, 6-1, 251, Fr-RS, Texas Christian Academy, Waco

All in all, the positions are much more shallow than a year ago. Baylor can certainly ill-afford any injuries at the position. There is experience, good size, speed, and talent. Many an eye will be watching to see how they perform this spring.

NEXT: DEFENSIVE TACKLES


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