Quentin Moses (1 career start, 30 total tackles, 8.5 sacks), passed Will Thompson for his first career start at the Outback Bowl. He responded with four total tackles and a sack – not bad. Another promising end, Charles Johnson, is Moses' back-up. He might be a starter in 2006, but he'll have to rotate behind Moses for now. Johnson and Moses are quite a pair at their spot; behind them are a bunch of newcomers. Marcus Howard has moved to defensive end from linebacker for the fall. The Dawgs plan to use him to get to the quarterback on third-and-long situations. Jeremy Lomax, still a slender 210, will fight to get some time in this deep spot. Steve White provides depth at the position.
2004 Starter: Will Thompson (24 career starts, 81 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, 1 interception)
Thompson started most of the 2004 season, but was beaten out by Moses just before the Outback Bowl. Now Moses is a starter, too, and Thompson will start his final season in Athens. Ray Gant (4 career starts, 47 total tackles, 1 sacks, 17 quarterback pressures), returned from injury and played the "three" position – a combination of both tackle and end – this spring. Gant will likely be used all over the defensive line, but he's the back-up at defensive end. Gant looked good this spring – he was finally healthy for the first time in a long time. Coaches hope he will take to sliding to the end of the line.