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