As our position previews continue, we take a look at the defensive line

ECU had its fair share of troubles last season, and one of those pertinent problems was the struggles of the defensive line and putting pressure on the passer. After the loss of seniors Fred Presley and Demetri McGill, how is the defensive line shaping up this year?

Consistency is important, unless you are consistently doing something wrong. Such is the case for the East Carolina's defense, specifically, the defensive line.

In 2016, ECU's defensive line produced only eight sacks, and at one point went five straight games without one. However, in the UCONN game on Oct. 22, ECU accumulated 4 sacks, so they showed they are capable of getting to the quarterback. They just were not consistent. 

Though ECU has many returning starters, the lose Fred Presley and Demetri McGIll. The 6-foot-3 291-pound Presley, recorded only one sack last year, the 6-1, 295-pound McGill had none. 

Some familiar names returning are Mike Myers (6-0, 290 pounds), Demage Bailey (6-5, 310 pounds) and Joshon Perry (6-3, 282 pounds). 

The good news is that ECU retains bodies that are massive human beings and who have played meaningful snaps. This should allow them to get some pressure on the quarterback and make plays behind the line or scrimmage.


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