Defense Preview: Familar Faces Lead the Way

GVSU has a lot of talent returning on defense. With nine starters back, this unit will again be one of the nation's best. However, there will be some movement as a couple key players have switched spots and a few younger guys are ready to contribute.

DEFENSIVE LINE
This unit will be undersized, but athletic and tough. The big move is Dan Skuta shifting from defensive end into the defensive tackle vacated by Derrick Jones. Skuta and Ryan Gaydosh aren't the big run pluggers the team has had in years passed, but should be able to use their quickness to wreak havoc in the backfield. At the ends, Justin Ulberg and Lance Travis will replace Skuta and All-American Mike McFadden. Ulberg is experienced and tough, while Travis is strong and disciplined. Maybe the most talented of the linemen is redshirt freshman Mendalson Covington, who has been impressive in workouts and is a future starter here.

LINEBACKERS
All three starters return from a tough group. Anthony Adams might not be just the best linebacker in D2, but the best defensive player. He is kicking out to the WILL spot after recording 87 tackles, 12.5 for loss last season. Athletic Kirk Carruth will be in the drop spot and Matt Beaty mans the middle.

SECONDARY
Everyone returns in the secondary. Brandon Carr is one of the nation's best corners and has the complete package of size and coverage ability. On the other side, Bill Brechin has shown a knack for making big plays. At the safeties, Jacob McGuckin stepped right in and made a lot of key plays last season and Samad Cain got more comfortable as the year went along after transferring in. Both safeties are big and can hit. Experienced depth at the corner spots is a concern. Robert Carlisle was moved from receiver to help that, but third and fourth corners will have to establish themselves early in fall practice.


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