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Bob Stoops (and brother in photo) won a National
title twice in five years with great defense.
More and more teams are adjusting and trying new schemes to be
successful. The common thread among the best is defensive line and they
are first up in my rankings.
Easy choice… by far the
deepest and most talented in the country. William
Joseph (photo below) is a top ten pick today and Jerome McDougle is a first-rounder..The
backups are Vince Wilfork, Santonio Thomas, Andrew Williams and Cornelius Green.
They are the sixth best defensive line in the country.
Stoops got a bonus with the
addition of Lynn McGruder (who transferred from Tennessee).
Tommie Harris and Jimmy Wilkerson are an unstoppable inside-out combo.
The entire line returns and the defense was much improved last season. Michigan's problem has been the back seven. Grant Bowman is a run stuffer and Dan Rumishek had seven sacks a year ago.
They lack depth and have a horrible secondary behind them. Jarret Johnson, Kenny King and Kindal Moorehead are a strong top three.
Jim Tressel's squad is a bona fide sleeper pick for the title this year. Four starters back from a rough crew. Tim Anderson at tackle is only a junior but may be gone after this year and end Darrion Scott is a big time talent.
Next group is Florida
and Florida State. The
Semioles need Eric Moore to be a star, but Darnell Dockett and Jeff Womble are
tough. The Gators have Ian Scott
and Bobby McCray (photo below) will be a star this year… as will Clint Mitchell, if he stays
out of trouble.
Experience in Sean Tufts and Drew Wahlroos with Tufts having a shot at the Butkus.
In a 3-4 scheme they return
three starters including Jarrod Penright. They
have no depth and Jared Morris is coming off an injury.
thing this unit has is athletic ability. Lermacus
Rowell along with Dontarrious Thomas make a nice duo.
Bam Hardman and Mike Nattiel
(photo below) are leaders with Matt Farrior a rising star.
It is also nice to have backups like Travis Harris, Reid Fleming and Todd
Jonathan Vilma could win the
Butkus and D.J. Williams is going to have a big year.
Next group in are Florida
State, LSU and Tennessee. The ‘Noles have great outsiders in Kendyl Pope
and Michael Boulware and the Bengal Tigers have the best in the SEC in Bradie
James. Keyon Whiteside, Kevin
Burnnet and Eddie Moore are very athletic.
They have the best secondary
coach in the nation in Stoops and incredible experience and talent with Derrick
Strait, Andre Woolfork and Brandon Everage.
Strong safety Calvin Carlyle returns after