Dean Legge/Dawg Post

DawgPost Breakdown: Defensive End

One particular position of concern for the Bulldogs at the moment is defensive end. The losses of Jordan Jenkins, Sterling Bailey, and Josh Dawson will give multiple talented sophomores a chance to emerge and make a name for themselves in 2016.

Keyon Brown, Redshirt Sophomore:

One guy at defensive end that could really emerge this year is the versatile Keyon Brown.  The 6-foot-3 249-pound end played some outside linebacker early in his career, but added weight and muscle have moved him down the the line.  He has good size for an end who can rush the passer as well.  He runs well and stood out in the group during spring practice.  Look for Brown to possibly make himself a household name in 2016.

Brown is a former four-star recruit from Wuchula, Florida (Hardee Senior) and recorded one tackle and one sack during last weeks G-day scrimmage.

Michael Barnett, Sophomore:

After freshman season where he played in seven games and recorded five tackles, Barnett is one of the more experienced players in the group.  The 6-foot-4 276 sophomore had a solid spring and should see plenty of playing time in 2016.

Barnett is a former four-star recruit from Dorchester, South Carolina (Woodland)

Jonathan Ledbetter, Sophomore:

One of the top recruits in the 2015 class, Ledbetter started out at defensive tackle, and could still play there if needed, but seems to have found a home at end for the moment.  He has good size for an end at 6-foot-4 251-pounds, and has shown good burst and strength in brief moments as a freshman. 

Last season, the former four-star recruit played in seven games and recorded four tackles.  The former Tucker (GA) star is another 2015 defensive line recruit who has every opportunity to earn solid playing time this season.

Chauncey Rivers, Sophomore:

One of the leaders of the 2015 class, Rivers played in four games and recorded four tackles as a freshman last season.  Rivers is one of the larger ends on the roster at 6-foot-3 272-pounds, and needs to continue getting better on a consistent basis.  Another player with potential, and a guy who brings good depth at the position.

Redshirt freshman Justin Young, freshman Chauncey Manac, and freshman Davis Marshall will add depth to the position.

Dawg Post Top Stories