Vanderbilt Football 2007: Defensive Tackles

We continue our 2007 positional analysis of the Vanderbilt Commodores today as we look at the defensive tackles. This is part 9 of a multi-series previewing the 2007 Commodores.

92 Brandon Holmes 6-3 295 Jr.-2L Garland, Texas/Garland
99 Derrius Dowell 6-3 280 So.-SQ Atlanta, Ga./Douglass
56 Gabe Hall 6-1 288 Sr.-3L Virginia Beach, Va./Fork Union
98 Greg Billinger 6-3 290 So.-1L Lilburn, Ga./Parkview
54 Theo Horrocks 6-3 295 Sr.-3L Fayetteville, Tenn./Lincoln County
59 Adam Smotherman 6-4 270 Fr.-RS Smyrna, Tenn./Smyrna
58 T.J. Greenstone 6-3 265 Fr. Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill

Bold= projected starter

Defensive tackle is where most experts believe that the Commodores have the biggest disparity between the other teams in the league, but that gap is closing. Theo Horrocks is set to lead the interior of the defensive line after posting two years as a starter at tackle for the Commodores. Horrocks tenacity has made him one of the biggest leaders on the defensive side of the ball and he has continued to improve ever since he stepped onto the field.

Beyond Horrocks there is a drop off in experience at tackle but both Greg Billinger and Gabe Hall are poised to step into a starting role. Billinger (photo right) saw action in every game last year as a reserve and he was the only true freshman lineman to see action on either side of the ball.

Senior Gabe Hall (photo left) saw action last season within the four-man rotation at tackle but mid-season injuries caused his playing time to be limited. He is the strongest player on the team in the weight room and has been working hard to prepare for a much-expanded role on the defensive side of the ball.

Darrius Dowell, Brandon Holmes and Adam Smotherman are all trying to solidify a spot within the rotation at tackle and all three appear to have the talent and size to help spell the regulars.

Incoming freshman T.J. Greenstone already has the build to play college defensive end. He could make an impact in 2007.

Grade C+

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