When thinking of the incoming players and those returning, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning was pretty impressed.
"It's getting so you're going to have to be pretty darn salty to get some playing time around here," he said.
|Gaines Adams||Rashaad Jackson||Dorell Scott||Phillip Merling|
|Brandon Cannon||Jacquez McKissic||Etta Etta-Tawo||Antwon Murchison|
|Kwam Williams||Elsmore Gabriel|
NOTE: There could very well be some movement here. It is very possible that Cannon will move to end, which will cause Murchison to move to tackle, which will cause Gabriel to move to nose guard.
|Nick Watkins||Anthony Waters||Tramaine Billie|
|Josh Miller||Cortney Vincent||Antonio Clay or Maurice Nelson|
|Kavell Conner||Adrian Kindred|
NOTE: Vincent, who played behind Adams at Bandit last year, has asked to be moved to middle linebacker, which caused Clay to switch to SAM. If Vincent doesn't stay at middle linebacker and goes back to Bandit, that will cause the chain reaction movement with the defensive line and also move Clay back to MLB, leaving Nelson as the No. 2 SAM.
|BC||FS||CAT||FC||Duane Coleman||Chris Clemons||Michael Hamlin||C.J. Gaddis|
|Sergio Gilliam||Chris Russell||Sadat Chambers||Haydrian Lewis|
|Ray Ray McElrathbey||Roy Walker||Brandon Croley||Chris Chancellor|
NOTE: The boundary cornerback slots could change rather quickly with McElrathbey jumping ahead of Gilliam if Gilliam doesn't improve from last year. Also, there is expected to be a major battle for the starting job between Clemons, the incumbent, and Russell, who is already believed to be one of the best players on defense. In addition, C.J. Gaddis has moved from cat safety to cornerback. (BC = Boundary Corner, FC = Field Corner)