It will start up front for the Wolfpack this season, where they return plenty of experience along the defensive line, something they will take advantage of.
"On the d-line we'll play a lot of guys," said Doeren. "That is coach Nielsen's philosophy. There is good competition [at defensive end] with [Art] Norman playing at a high level. [Darryl Cato-Bishop] does everything you tell him to do, and Mike Rose is a quick-twitch guy who can do some things off the edge. Forrest West was out for a while, but he was back today so it was good to see him run around too."
The biggest concern, at least heading into the spring, was at linebacker where the Wolfpack had to replace multiple starters. It seems like Doeren has confidence in the position, even with projected starter Brandon Pittman currently sidelined with an injury.
"I feel a lot better than I did in the spring at linebacker," said Doeren. "I really feel like we have six guys when Pittman, he didn't play today, but when he's back, we'll have him and M.J. [Salahuddin] at WILL, D.J. [Green] and Rodman [Noel] at SAM, and [Zach] Gentry and [Robert] Caldwell at MIKE.
"I like what's going on there."
Moving to safety, the Pack is looking to find two players step up to replace three-year starters Earl Wolff and Brandan Bishop. A senior is there providing a stabilizing force.
"At safety, I think [Jarvis] Byrd being out there helps a lot, having that senior safety with Hakim [Jones]," Doeren stated. "At the backup safety positions, Buckley and Stanley are probably ahead of the freshmen right now just because of experience."
Finally, the position that seems the most set is cornerback where senior Dontae Johnson and sophomore Juston Burris return after playing big roles on last year's defense.
"I really like the corner position," said Doeren. "There is a lot of depth. Niles [Clark] and Sean Paul weren't able to do a lot today, but Jack Tocho is really playing well as a freshman."
Overall, the defense made some plays in the second scrimmage and appears to be progressing nicely with the opener two weeks away.
"Defensively, we didn't give up a lot of big plays," Doeren said of the group. "There were some good hits."