|DE||Tyler Clutts Jr.*|
Adam McDowell So.*
|Ricky Miller Sr.*||Wilson Ramos Fr.*||Devin Packard Fr.*|
Clutts will take over Garrett McIntyre's leadership role on the defensive line. Clutts became a very effective DE towards the end of 2005, and will only get better. McDowell is in the same mold as Clutts but will be hard pressed to get playing time. Miller will be in a heated battle to replace McIntyre at the other DE spot, but should get plenty of playing time in the rotation. Ramos and Packard are very promising redshirts that add valuable depth.
Outlook- Very Good. Plenty of Depth.
|DT||Jason Shirley Jr.*||Jon Monga So.*||Kenny Avon So.*||Mark Roberts Fr.|
Shirley is one of the best DTs in Bulldog history. Unfortunately, the talent behind him is not as good. Monga and Avon need to step up their game and be ready to fill in. Roberts could play as true, but Hill would like to redshirt him but that all depends on Monga and Avon.
Outlook- Good. Quality depth could be an issue.
|NT||Louis Leonard Sr.*||Charles Tolbert Jr.*||Justin McIntyre So.*||Cornell Banks Fr.*|
Leonard has not been the stalwart NT that many thought he would be. He is blessed with great size, but has not been as dominant as the player that wore No. 98 before him, Alan Harper. He should have a very good senior year if he stays healthy. Tolbert and McIntyre are both undersized but have great motors. Banks is the future star. He should compete with Tolbert for quality minutes behind Leonard.
Outlook- Decent. Back up size is an issue.
|DE||Marlin Brisco Sr.*||Ikenna Ike So.*||Jason Roberts So.*||Mike Stuart So.*||Nico Herron Fr.|
How does a defense replace a player like McIntyre? It is not easy, but I am in the minority when I say his graduation is a blessing in disguise. He was a better DT than he was a DE, but that meant taking out one of the buffet busters from the lineup. Hill has an abundance of talent coming in at DE to help ease the loss of McIntyre's presence on the outside. Brisco is the veteran but he must fend off the young talent in spring if he wants to start. Ike might make the switch to DT in passing situations, similar to what McIntyre did last year. Roberts and Stuart will be good DEs for the next three years. Stuart will be the favorite to replace McIntyre, but Roberts will see plenty of action, as well. Herron is likely to make the move to DE, but could play LB or redshirt.
Outlook- Promising. Very good talent.
|WLB||Marcus Riley Jr.*||Ahijah Lane Jr.*||Quaadir Brown So.|
|MLB||Dwayne Andrews Sr.*||Robert Schenck Fr.||Christian Carleson Jr.*||Todd Chisom Fr.*|
|SLB||Alan Goodwin Sr.*||Ryan McKinley So.*||Isaac Kinter Fr.*||Reynard Camp Fr.*|
|CB||Marcus McCauley Sr.*||Lawrence Hood Fr.||Jason Crawley Fr.*||Marlin Moore Fr.*|
|CB||Elgin Simmons Sr.*||Damon Jenkins Jr.*||Damion Owens Fr.||Moore|
Simmons will be listed atop the depth chart come spring. The senior will be neck and neck with prep all-star Jenkins, who has yet to live up to the hype. Owens could make a impact as a true freshman. Crawley, Hood and Moore will compete for this spot in spring, too.
Outlook- Down. Someone needs to step up.
|SS||Josh Sherley Sr.*||Moses Harris Fr.*||Moore|
Sherley is a big hitter, but is over aggressiveness was exposed later in the year. He needs to have a good spring or face the possibility of losing his starting spot to Harris. Harris could be next in line on a list of great Bulldog safeties. Moore could find a home at SS, as well.
Outlook- Questionable. Needs a playmaker.
|FS||Vince Mays Sr.*||Jake Jorde So.*||Marvin Haynes Fr.*|
Mays has one year left to prove his 4 star rating coming out of HS in 2002. He was unable to beat out Sherley for SS after Sanders left early for the NFL last year. Now, as the heir apparent to Tyrone Culver at FS, he has big shoes to fill. There is no doubting his talent, but he has yet to put the whole package together. If Mays falters there is very little experience behind him. Jorde moved over from WR last year, and could play SS or FS in a reserve role. Haynes is a very promising talent, but will benefit with one year as a reserve.
Outlook- Down. Mays needs to step up.