Gopher Football Preview: Defensive End

The Gophers bring a lot of young talent to the table at defensive end. However, there is not much experience at the position. Expect to see playing time from one or all of the highly recruited redshirt freshmen.

Projected Starters:
Defensive end is a place where we will most likely see the future. 6-foot-3, 244 pound D.L. Wilhite was used mainly in passing situations last season, but likely has a starting spot as he has added about 20 pounds. Opposite of Wilhite is where things get interesting. 6-foot-2, 300 pound Anthony Jacobs got plenty of snaps at end last season, but with his added size and athleticism and the lack of tested depth at tackle Jacobs might end up playing inside. Gopher fans may have to wait a while until the other starter asserts himself.

Top Projected Reserves:
There is plenty of athleticism among this group of guys, however not a lot of experience. 6-foot-4, 241 pound Matt Garin wore a redshirt last year to add weight and it appears that he has added about 20 pounds. From his performance in the Mainland Vs Hawaii All Star Game in 2008 it seems that he is the most fundamentally sound of the young defensive ends. Kendall Gregory-McGhee also redshirted and has also put on a good deal of weight at 6-foot-5, 273 pounds. If the converted tight end has adapted to his new position he could make some noise. Another converted tight end is the highly talked-about Ra'Shede Hageman who stands 6-foot-6, 294 pounds. Hageman, it seems, has the genetics to carry a lot of weight on his six-and-a-half foot body and with his experience at tight end as well as on the hardwood he could be something special. His future may very well be in the interior, though.

Top Incoming Freshmen:
The Gophers only have one incoming freshman on scholarship and that is 6-foot-5, 248 pound Ben Perry. Expect to see the Texan redshirt in 2010.

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