2006 VU position overview: Defensive tackles

Seems like Vanderbilt's defensive line is a regular area of concern for Vanderbilt fans. Bobby Johnson has noticed too and pick up an outstanding assistant in Rick Logo. Read on to get the rundown on Vandy's 2006 defensive tackles.

LOSSES

Lamar Divens, Ralph McKenzie.

THE SKINNY

The defensive tackle position, like the defensive end position, has been a thorn in Vandy's side for several years. Vanderbilt hopes to improve in the sack department while reducing oponnents rushing yardage. There's enough talent on hand to accomplish these goals. New coach Rich Logo is bringing new schemes and techniques to the defensive line that should help Vanderbilt's defensive tackles reach their potential.

THE MEN

Ray Brown (6-3, 305 SR): Started 4 games in 2005. Saw action in 6. Had 7 tackles, 1 tackle for lost yardage and one quarterback hurry.

Gabe Hall (6-1,300 JR): Saw action in 10 games in 2005. Had 15 tackles.

Brandon Holmes (6-3, 285 SO): Played in 2 games in 2005. Had 1 tackle.
Theo Horrocks (6-3, 290 JR): One of Vanderbilt's most experienced returning defensive linemen. During 2005, started 8 games and saw action in 10. Had 21 tackles, 2 tackles for losses, 1 sack and 3 quarterback hurries.

Derrius Dowell (6-3, 270 FR*): Redshirted during 2005 season. As a senior in high school had 94 tackles, 7 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Selected ot the All-Metro Atlanta team.
Micael Haskins (6-1, 270 FR*) Hard working walk-on who has great potential.

THE FUTURE

Greg Billinger (6-2, 280 FR): Billinger was a heavily recruited high school prospect and originally committed to Georgia before later de-committed and signing with Vanderibilt. Billinger was named to the Super Southern team by the Atlanta Journal-Contstitution and could bid for significant playing time as a freshman.

Adam Smotherman (6-4, 260 FR): Earned the Mr. Tennessee Football Lineman as a senior at Smyrna High School. Had 5 sacks and 60 tackles on defense. Could see action at defensive end. Smotherman will likely be redshirted for the 2006 season to enable him to get bigger and stronger.

REMARKS

This is a critical position that has under produced since Bobby Johnson has been at Vanderbilt. Coach Logo should breath some life into this vital unit. Brown, Horrocks, Holmes and Hall all have the talent. They just need leadership.


#54 Theo Horrocks (VM/Stan Jones)

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