#1— DE: William Gholston (6-7, 278 Jr.)
The spotlight is on Gholston this fall and for good reasons. Projected by some as a possible first round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Gholston has the size and athletic ability to wreck havoc on quarterbacks with his speed and long wingspan. Despite not recording a tackle against Boise State in week one, Gholston left his mark causing the Broncos to adjust to his ability to come off the edge.
#2— MLB: Max Bullough (6-3, 252 Jr.)
The leader of the Spartans defense, Bullough has a great football IQ and does a great job of making sure everyone is in the right position. Tough against the run, Bullough can also burst up the middle and put pressure on the quarterback. Enters the Notre Dame game having played in 29 games with 16 starts. Led the Spartans with 89 total tackles as a sophomore and expected to have an even bigger season this year.
#3— FC: Darqueze Dennard (5-11, 188 Jr.)
All the attention goes to the Spartans other corner Johnny Adams. However, the Georgia native enters this season with many feeling his future may be even brighter than Adams. Teams often look to test Dennard while staying away from Adams and often wish they went to the other side. Dennard has a quick burst and the ability to close quickly when a receiver gets a step.
#4— BC: Johnny Adams (5-11, 177 Sr.)
While Dennard may show better technique it's Adams who is capable of making the big play as he's a true cover corner with the ability to take an interception back for a score. Can also come up on the edge and blitz using his great speed and tackling ability.
#5— SAM: Denicos Allen (5-11, 225 Jr.)
Don't let his size fool you, Allen can cause quarterbacks nightmares after posting 11 sacks last season to go with his 86 tackles. Has the physical strength and speed to play strong inside while also being able to drop into coverage when needed.