While it will be difficult to replace All-American end Elvis Dumervil and All-Conference tackle Montavious Stanley, as well as end Chad Rimpsey, senior tackle Amobi Okoye returns and will anchor a line that also includes Zach Anderson, Adrian Grady, Brandon Cox, Earl Heyman and a host of others.
Following Thursday's practice Wolthausen visited InsideTheVille.com and shared his thoughts on the d-line following the first two days of spring.
On the defensive line after the first two days of spring practice
"It's apparent that for the most part we are a year older and know where to lineup. These two days we work on tempo, but it is really hard to evaluate an upfront position when you don't have pads on. As far as lining up and their tempo – that's been good."
Wolthausen works with DT Adrian Grady
"I think it's been a process of how you recruit and how you develop. In order to be successful you have be good on the offensive line and defensive line. The better those two groups are and the amount of time that they work together then your development speeds up even more. We'd like to think that we are deeper then we have been and with some of the guys coming in the fall we have a chance to do some good things."
On junior college transfer defensive tackle Willie Williams
"I'm really pleased with Willie. It's one of those things that I have to remember that he's brand new to how we do things, but he does a good job of paying attention of seeing what the other guys are doing and following their lead as far as where to be, how to get there and those types of things. He picks up football very well, so we'll see come Saturday."
On Earl Heyman's determination to become the next Montavious Stanley.
"It seems like it. He keeps putting on those pounds, so we'll see."