March 2, 2007

Defensive line has talent, lacking experience

The defensive line loses a lot of talent from last year, and Calais Campbell, Eric Moncur and Teraz McCray are the only returners with any sizable experience.

Campbell returns as one of the nation's best defensive playmakers. He had an outstanding sophomore year with 20.5 tackles for losses, 10.5 sacks and 17 quarterback pressures. At 6-foot-8, once he gets past the blockers he uses his long wingspan to harass quarterbacks. He is a surefire NFL first rounder if he keeps up this kind of play.

Moncur had a sack and nine quarterback pressures last year. He has not shown he can be a consistent force at end yet. McCray has suffered injury problems throughout his career and had two sacks and five tackles for losses last year at tackle.

So who will step up and show they can be consistent playmakers alongside Campbell?

Coaches hope that question is answered in spring ball.

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