Depth Chart for MTSU: Defense & Special Teams

One true freshman will start for the opening game on Thursday and there is a change at the starter for the strong-side defensive end position.


WDE: D.L. Wilhite, Kendall Gregory-McGhee

NT: Jewhan Edwards, Austin Hahn

DT: Brandon Kirksey Anthony Jacobs

SDE: Matt Garin, Ra'Shede Hageman

WLB: Keanon Cooper, Aaron Hill

MLB: Gary Tinsley, Spencer Reeves

SLB: Mike Rallis, Ryan Grant

CB: Ryan Collado, Brock Vereen

S: Christyn Lewis, Shady Solomon

S: James Manuel, Kenny Watkins

CB: Michael Carter, Kyle Henderson

Special Teams:

K: Eric Ellestad

P: Dan Orseske

PR: Ryan Collado, Troy Stoudermire, Brandon Green

KR: Troy Stoudermire, Ryan Collado

LS: Jake Filkins

HL: Adam Lueck

Coach Brewster's comments about the defense:

On James Manuel…

"James Manuel is going to start and I think he's going to play. He's a young guy a very talented young guy. He's going to get baptism under fire Thursday night on national T.V. but I think he's going to hold up really well. He's been a really impressive player in this camp. Physically he's really impressive. What's going to be interesting is how a young guy perform under the lights on national T.V. in his first college ball game? That's going to be fun to see."

On if Kim Royston could potentially play…

"I'm not going to rule him out because there is a chance he could play but I think it's a small chance…He's close…Him being in a uniform and being out there with his team, I think is an amazing accomplishment in itself."

On D.L. Wilhite…

"D.L. Wilhite, I can't wait to watch him play on Thursday night. His speed off the edge is something we've sorely lacked. It's going to be good to see D.L play and that type of athletic ability."

On Hageman playing defensive tackle...

"Ra'Shede could potentially play inside as well. Right now we've got him playing on the tight end. We think that's a really good spot for him because tight ends are really going to struggle with his size and strength."

On why Matt Garin will start instead of Ra'Shede Hageman…

"Matt's done a nice job he really has. Matt's developed well. He's gotten bigger and stronger and Matt has been a defensive player his whole life. He's a little bit further ahead right now from a fundamental standpoint from a technique standpoint. He certainly doesn't have the physical attributes of Ra'Shede but Matt Garin is a really good football player."

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