Defensive Line Ready to Dominate

Heading into the 2008 season, the Red Raider defensive line is loaded with all four starters returning as well as a slew of talented blue-chip transfers looking to shake things up. RaiderPower.com takes a look at the unit, which should be one of the anchors of the Texas Tech defense in 2008.

With all four of last season's starters returning for the 2008 season, the Red Raiders are much more comfortable with the experience and skill of the defensive line than they were at this time last year. Add to that the fact that former Freshman All-American McKinner Dixon is finally back in the Red and Black, Miami transfer Chris Perry is in Lubbock and ready to play, and all signs are pointing to JUCO transfer Brandon Sesay being eligible, and Texas Tech's defensive line looks downright scary.

Competition in fall practice should be extremely intense, as every position at on the line is loaded with talented players hoping to secure a starting spot. Brandon Williams, who had a team-high six sacks and 12 ½ tackles for a loss last season, will anchor the unit at rush end. Two year starter Jake Ratliff is expected to start at defensive end with McKinner Dixon in heavy rotation.

Sophomore Colby Whitlock was impressive at nose tackle in 2007 and will most likely be backed up by Chris Perry, who was a four-star prospect out of high school and has ridiculous speed for a man of his stature. At tackle, Rajon Henley and Richard Jones both have the experience and skill to make opposing offensive linemen dread facing the Red Raiders.

The wildcard right now is Brandon Sesay. If he gets cleared to play for by the NCAA, which we think he will, he could definitely shake things up.

With so much talent on the line, we expect some shuffling of positions amongst the players as the coaches evaluate where their talents can best be utilized. As fall practice gets underway, look for the defensive line to be one of the most impressive aspects of Ruffin's revamped D.


Defensive Line Depth Chart Heading into Fall Practice

Left End

Jake Ratliff

McKinner Dixon

Tackle

Rajon Henley

Richard Jones

Nose Tackle

Colby Whitlock

Chris Perry

Right End

Brandon Williams

Daniel Howard



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