The primary backups for the end spots will be Seth Nitschmann, Scott Lee, and Randall Cherry. Freshman Keyunta Dawson may see some playing time if he continues to improve in practices. With only five defensive tackles on the roster, it is almost certain that the remaining three will see significant playing time as backups. Fred Thrweatt certainly has the skills to be a starter, but he has been inconsistent in fall practices. Patrice Majondo-Mwamba and Tommie Pratt will have to battle for the remaining spot on the two deep roster.
This group has a lot of potential, but it remains to be seen how they will perform on the field. Duckett is the only proven player on the line, and he should have a good season if he can remain healthy. The tackles could make or break the defense this season. There is certainly a lot of talent, but the lack of experience and depth is a major concern. If any of the tackles get injured, the depth will become a serious issue. Barring injury, the defensive line should show a major improvement over last season.