February 23, 2007

Spring Preview: Defensive linemen

2006 Defensive linemen

Derek Landri -65 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 4 QB hurries, 303:46 playing time

Trevor Laws -62 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 313:31 playing time

Victor Abiamiri -43 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 14 QB hurries, 317:34 playing time

Chris Frome -31 tackles, 1 tackles for loss, sack, 3 QB hurries, 249:15 playing time

• Ronald Talley -11 tackles, tackle for loss, 58:01 playing time

Casey Cullen -11 tackles, 118:00 playing time (special teams)

Travis Leitko -10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB hurry, 112:11 playing time

Pat Kuntz -7 tackles, tackle for loss, sack, 81:52 playing time

Justin Brown -6 tackles, 1 tackles for loss, 1 sacks, 28:55 playing time

Dwight Stephenson Jr. -1 tackle, 8:41 playing time

Derrell Hand -1:07 playing time



Key players lost: Victor Abiamiri, Derek Landri, Chris Frome, Ronald Talley and Travis Leitko



2007 Defensive line candidates (listed alphabetically)

Justin Brown (6-3, 249, Sr., 2 yrs.), Derrell Hand (6-3, 287, Jr., 3 yrs.), Pat Kuntz (6-2, 272, Jr., 2 yrs.), Trevor Laws (6-1, 294, 5th, 1 yr.), Paddy Mullen (6-3, 269, Soph., 4 yrs.), Andrew Nuss (6-5, 290, Fr., 4 yrs.), Emeka Nwankwo (6-3, 285, Fr., 4 yrs.), Dwight Stephenson Jr. (6-2, 257, 5th, 1 yr.), Chris Stewart (6-4, 340, Soph., 4 yrs.), Ian Williams (6-2, 294, Fr., 4 yrs.)

* Note: Only scholarship defensive linemen listed.


Possible position changes

Sophomore Chris Stewart from offensive guard to nose tackle. Freshman Andrew Nuss from offensive tackle to nose tackle or end. Freshman Emeka Nwankwo from offensive guard to nose tackle or end. John Ryan, Morrice Richardson and Kallen Wade from defensive end in a 4-3 to outside linebacker in 3-4 personnel.



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