August 31, 2006

Who gets the edge at defensive line?

Which is better - bringing nearly everyone back from a bad defensive line or completely replacing an amazing defensive line with young, but inexperienced talent?

That is the question facing CardinalSports.com in Thursday's version of the The Edge. Kentucky has a ton of talent retruning, and Louisville has to replace Elvis Dumervil, Montavious Stanley and Chad Rimpsey.

Kentucky finished dead last in the SEC a year ago in run defense. The good news for the Cats is things can only go up from there. With 10 lettermen returning to the defensive line, there will be more depth in the unit than ever before in the Brooks era. Six part-time starters are back in the Wildcat trenches and improvement should be evident from the start of the season. The team is very optimistic about senior Durrell White on the end. After making the move from linebacker late in 2005, White made 22 tackles, including four for loss.

Another player creating a buzz is junior lineman Ricky Abren. He was a Freshman All-American two years ago, but has only made five tackles since as he spent most of last season recovering from a wrist injury. Abren is an asset on the line because of his ability to play both end and tackle.

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