The First Line of Defense

The development of the defensive line is of great interest to coaches and fans alike. After losing five D-linemen with starting experience, BYU must find talented replacements among its many newcomers. Just two days into practice, the depth chart is starting to form and position battles are beginning to heat up.

There was a noticeable difference between the first two days of practice. As players become acclimated to the rigors of practice, they perform at a higher level. Unlike the Saturday's practice, every single defensive lineman made it through the full session. In fact, even after the final whistle blew to signal the end of practice, the defensive line unit stayed longer to work on one on one drills together.

The returning players, worked with the incoming players on rush technique and hand and leverage development. Each one of the new D-linemen lined up against Hala Paongo while Jan Jorgensen gave pointers.

The depth chart across the D-line for Monday's practice was as follows.

First Team D-Line

6-5, 270 pound Judd Anderton
6-2, 280-pound Hala Paongo
6-3, 260-pouns Jan Jorgensen

Second Team D-Line

6-4, 251-pound Brett Denny
6-3, 300-pound Russell Tialavea
6-3, 278-pound Kyle Leukenga

Third Team D-Line

6-1, 301-pound Romney Fuga
6-3, 267-pound Jordan Richardson
6-1, 274-pound Ian Dulan

Fourth String D-line

6-2, 288-pound Matangi Tonga
6-1, 290-pound Temana Paongo
6-0, 270-pound Mosese Foketi

The depth chart will continue to change throughout fall camp as players catch the coaches' attention by working hard an improving their game.

Practice Notes

During scrimmages, Denney batted down a pass out to the running back. Dulan showed why BYU offered him a full ride scholarship. His motor did not quit, and although he may not be the biggest of the incoming Cougars, he clearly was one of the most persistent D-linemen in the trenches during Monday's practice.


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