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Old 07-22-2015, 05:59 PM   #21
Greyfriars Bobby
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Now, a look at our 2005 defense. We have to replace several key players on this side of the ball, including some All-Conference honorees.

Defensive Linemen



Wingard (39/39), undersized but tough as nails, returns at one DE and hopes for an injury-free senior year. Farr (39/39) was a devastating pass rush specialist last year, and he'll be counted on for every-down duty in '05. We'll miss All-Conference star Juan Carter here, big time. Houck (12/27) is a long way from being ready, and Edwards (10/42) has potential, but his academic issues are keeping him off the field.

We're going to run a 3-4 base defense again this year, with Houston (22/22) at nose tackle. He's the best of a poor lot of options, with Bycroft (13/35) also not quite ready for prime time.


Linebackers



One of the freshmen, Duffy (23/35) or Earhart (19/41) will need to start at OLB. Duffy is more polished right now, but Earhart has real potential as a run destroyer. Gritty little Wason (36/38), whom I like a lot, returns on the other flank.

Camacho (28/33), who battled injuries last season, and Weaver (24/25), who played a good bit on passing downs, give us two seniors at ILB.

Andersen (9/40) and Farrell (13/52) have promise, and they'll be important reserves this year.


Defensive Backs



The task of replacing Ray Roberson will fall to first year Jordan (14/49), who shows signs of being a shutdown corner one day. Truitt (18/46), who held his own as a freshman last year, returns at the other corner, and he will cover the other team's most dangerous threat.

Our three best safeties all graduated, leaving us with unproven Ross (25/36) and Coles (24/40) to hold the fort this season. They were on the field for a combined total of 66 defensive plays in '04. In a perfect world, Quinn (9/49) would redshirt, but I'm not sure I can afford that luxury.

On paper, our defense will fall short of the standard established by last season's unit, which was led by a number of seniors.
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