The Syracuse Orange defensive line returns five players from their roster of the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
However, as opposed to the 2010 season, each of the following members of Syracuse's first line of defense have all seen time on the field in the 2012 campaign.
The current interior anchor of Syracuse's line was a rotational defender in 2010, registering eight tackles in addition to his pair of quarterback hurries. Today, Bromley is a starter that stands second among defensive lineman with 39 total tackles as well as 5 ½ tackles for loss and 2 ½ sacks.
Brandon Sharpe has been a key contributor on both the 2010 and 2012 Syracuse teams. In 2010, Sharpe was a rotational defensive end. When he was inserted into the game, he showed solid pass rushing skills.
In 2012, Sharpe developed into a starting end who was good against both the pass and the run. Sharpe's pass rushing technique has significantly improved, especially his speed rush. Against the run, he has improved his block shedding ability. He finished with six sacks on the season, including a career high four against Pittsburgh. Sharpe has had a solid Syracuse career, and will look to finish it on a high note with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl.
As a true freshman in 2010, Micah Robinson did not play at all. He spent the season learning the scheme and developing his game. In 2012, Robinson has become a rotational defensive end. He recorded his first career sack against Minnesota. He finished with 1.5 sacks on the season. Robinson has solid strength and will look to continue to develop heading into 2013, where he will look to compete for a starting position.
Welsh did not participate in the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl, nor did he in any games in his first season with the Orange.
Last season, Welsh got on the field in rotation for 10 of the team's 12 games.
In 2012, Welsh has been used once again in rotation, following defensive line coach Tim Daoust's statement that his line will have constant rotation.
Coming in as a JUCO transfer from California, Goggins did not play in any game, including the Pinstripe Bowl, for the Orange in his first season with the team in 2010.
While in junior college, Goggins was switched from the offense to the defense, asked to play on the defensive line as opposed to his previous role as a running back.
In 2011, Goggins debuted on the field as a defensive tackle for Syracuse, not just competing, but starting in all 12 games for the Orange. He recorded 43 total tackles, including 7.5 for a loss, with 1.5 sacks on the season. One of his best games came against one of the nation's top teams, the USC Trojans, where he made six tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, doing a good job of sniffing out the run.
This season, the staff considered moving Goggins from defensive tackle to defensive end, but after tackles Bromley and Eric Crume were injured and JUCO transfer Markus Pierce-Brewster had a good showing at Fall camp, Goggins was kept at tackle.
Goggins has continued his starting streak this season, being on the field to open all of the team's 12 games, bringing him to 24-consecutive games as a Syracuse starter. He has already equaled his tackles for a loss from last season with 7.5 and has recorded a sack once again, while upping his total tackles from 43 in 2011 to 51 in 2012.
This will be Goggins' first Pinstripe Bowl game, and first bowl match overall.