Defensively this team should be ready to play with anyone in the conference. The roster teems with players who have starting experience. Like last year this defense is fast and will bring pressure from the outside. That aspect should be even better this year with an even larger rotation.
Leading the way is senior Bryan Knight. Knight teams with junior Ryan Smith at the other end. If Smith is healthy this could be one of the most fun positions to watch. Backing up at end are junior Brian Guzek and sophomore Claude Harriott. Those two are not even safe from pressure because redshirt freshman Brandon Hayes and incoming freshmen Thomas Smith and Kevin Harris bring size and speed to the position.
interior of the line needs to increase the pressure. The push up the middle will make the ends job that much
easier. Senior Joe Conlin is the leader
inside but he has had to battle his share of injuries. Darrell
McMurray should help inside as well. The sophomore provides a bit more size than Conlin.
The backups inside are numerous and inexperienced. Sophomore Matt Mefford and redshirt freshmen Vince Crochunis, Jake Holthaus and Dan Stephens have to provide depth. If they do not, look for incoming freshmen Troy Banner, and Charles Spencer to push for time.
There is no shortage of talent at linebacker. It's probably the most competitive position on the roster. The group is led by a trio of seniors, Brandon Williams, Ryan Gonsales and Amir Purifoy. Purifoy and Gonsales share time inside and Williams sees extensive action outside.
There are so many capable linebackers on the squad that it