Word Association: Defense

Part II concludes the spring season with random thoughts regarding every Irish defender.

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Front Seven

The Irish trenches receive reinforcements over the summer with Ben Councell, Jarrett Grace, and Anthony Rabasa joining the linebackers and Chase Hounshell, (possibly Troy Niklas), Tony Springmann and Stephon Tuitt entering the fold up front.

Ethan Johnson: Line MVP…better under 3-bills…sack leaders in sight…Lombardi semi-finalist?

Kapron Lewis-Moore: Production guaranteed…honorary backfield member…bookend…2012 All-America, or… 4-and-out?

Sean Cwynar: Lunch pail…quick strike hands…upgrade…undervalued…40-play max…Key to the front seven?

Hafis Williams: At home inside…rotation role assured…quick in short space…ready to anchor…5-year plan…

Louis Nix: Goal line leader…immovable object…25-plus…spring fight assured…Ideal weight?

Kona Schwenke: Fight on his hands…re-shaped and ready…15 snaps per…KLM 2.0?

Aaron Lynch: Guided missile…two 2011 late hits allowed (and encouraged)…the prototype…athletic marvel…ideal No. 3…Ready vs. the run?

Bruce Heggie: Scout team 2011-12…program player…no stars, plenty of fight…2013 contributor?

Tyler Stockton: Crucial summer rehab...re-focus…re-dedicate…Career crossroads?

Brandon Newman: Searching for first tackle…No. 4 role in site…Better outside?

Manti Te'o: Butkus finalist…missing vs. Michigan……irresistible force thereafter…indispensable ‘11 …thoroughbred…Best (or back) in 2012?

Carlo Calabrese: 80s throwback…2013 tackles leader…BC MVP…Purdue punisher…missed fantastic finish…Three-down ‘backer?

Kendall Moore: Instincts and acceleration…trailing Fox…can't catch Carlo…Ready in '12?

Dan Fox: IE's No. 3…flats and zones covered…versatility the key…specialty stalwart…Engulfed by opposing Guards?

Dave Posluszny: Snake-bitten…time is ticking…speed, skills for special teams…Thwarted by 3-4?

Anthony McDonald: Solid downfield… more run than hit…can't shake the bug…opportunity lost…Two more years?

Justin Utupo: Inside ‘backer in progress…Scout 2011…'12…Back outside?

Prince Shembo: Terror off the edge…survival in space…back to CAT next spring…Double-digits in '12?

Darius Fleming: Coming of age…development reaching completion…sack master…edge stuffer…Third-team 2011?

Danny Spond: Coverage maven…signing week steal…upgrade in '11…No. 3 OLB…Tweener?

Steve Filer: Time flies…coverage captain…disconnect…niche off the edge…Solid senior?

Ishaq Williams: Athlete off the edge, Part IV…Outside depth…year of development… Shembo vs. ‘Shaq 2012… 10-sack future…Spot duty or season on sidelines?

Secondary

The defensive backfield will be bolstered in August by Josh Atkinson, Jalen Brown, Matthias Farley, and Eilar Hardy.

Harrison Smith: Touchdown saver…streak breaker…one play from the outhouse…team's top athlete…BCS = All-America nominee…future combine killer…Star in the making?

Jamoris Slaughter: Forgotten man…undervalued but behind schedule…better than a backup…Lingering effects?

Zeke Motta: Steady as she goes…'11 safety saver…next step necessary…unspectacular to date…Rare three-year starter?

Danny McCarthy: Ready for launch…wear and tear…two years to shine…Punt return tryout?

Austin Collinsworth: Ideal fit…2012 rotation…four years under kicks…return option…Future starter?

Gary Gray: Boundary on lock down…step slower than elite…toughest on team…solo-tackle supreme…Cover 2 future…Day Three Draft steal?

Robert Blanton: Playmaker…touchdown taker…part of top tandem…Nickel D key…irreplaceable in injury…Step slow downfield?

Lo Wood: Trial by fire…we'll know in Ann Arbor…Spartans future target…position natural…2012 take-off…Ready for prime time?

Bennett Jackson: Tasker 2.0…ascends next April…kick return incumbent…Two-year starter?

(Walk-on) Chris Salvi: 2010 workman…coverage starter…insurance policy…No. 85?


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