Depth Chart Breakdown: Defensive Line

Though the faces are known, those listed as the first options on the defensive line are all in new roles. More inside.

Keeping with the theme of the offensive line, its counterpart on the defensive side is undergoing change while having familiar faces as well.

After two seasons on the field for the Syracuse Orange, Deon Goggins finished his eligibility, leaving a spot on the line open.

To fill that void is Jay Bromley, who has moved from nose tackle to defensive tackle on the post-Spring depth chart. Bromley has been Syracuse's starting nose tackle for each of the past two seasons.

Getting on the field from the beginning, his experience going into his final season is invaluable. Bromley has improved every single season, accomplishing more tackles with each passing campaign. His pressure has also helped guide his peers to have success that will never show up on his stat line.

Behind Bromley are John Raymon, Marcus Coleman, and Josh Manley, respectively. Raymon was not given a waiver from the NCAA after transferring to Syracuse before last season. His placement on the post-Spring depth chart speaks on his determination for playing time after Coleman made some nice plays in the Spring.

With Bromley moving to defensive tackle, the nose tackle position has become open and is currently taken on the post-Spring depth chart by Eric Crume. If Crume remains atop all nose tackles, he will head the depth chart for the first time in his career with the Orange, having had one start in his two seasons on the field.

Utilized in rotation by current defensive line coach Tim Daoust, Crume doubled the games he played in from six in 2011 to 12 in 2012.

Despite positive play by both Zian Jones and Ryan Sloan, they reside behind Crume in that order. Jones went from a struggling newcomer at the beginning of last Fall's practices to a member of the rotation during the 2012 campaign.

Along with Crume and Jones, Sloan has had success in stuffing the run, including a strong performance in the Spring. Sloan making a name for himself in shutting down the run in the interior of the line but still being placed as the third option says a lot about the talent at this position.

Moving to the outside, the first options at defensive end from last season will not be returning. Brandon Sharpe finished his eligibility, while an off-campus issue led to the dismissal of Markus Pierce-Brewster. Placed atop all defensive ends moving forward are Robert Welsh and Micah Robinson.

Neither Welsh nor Robinson led the depth chart going into last season but were each used in rotation. Welsh and Robinson have both shown an ability to break pressure and attack the backfield as well as the signal-caller. They exhibit power necessary to come hard off the edge to create a disturbance.

Behind Welsh are Ron Thompson and Kennedy Kodua. After Robinson lies Thompson once again, followed by Lucas Albrecht. Thompson was moved during the Spring from tight end to defensive end so his play in this role for the Orange is left to be seen. His height (6'4") and weight (256 lbs.) do fit the part as the Syracuse staff will look to create a viable option at defensive end out of Thompson.

Kodua made the roster as a walk-on heading into Spring practices, while Albrecht has yet to see time on the field.


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