De­fen­sive line at a glance

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

RE­TURN­ING STARTERS DE McTelvin Agim (5 starts in 2016)

KEY LOSSES DE Deatrich Wise, DE Jeremiah Led­bet­ter, DT Tai­wan John­son, DE JaMichael Win­ston.

WHO’S BACK NG Bi­jhon Jack­son, DE T.J. Smith, NG Austin Capps, DE Ar­mon Watts, DE Bris­ton Guidry, DE Jonathan Mar­shall, DE Jake Hall

WHO’S NEW DE Michael Tay­lor, NG Dy­lan Hays, DE David Porter

WALK-ON DE Elias Hale ANAL­Y­SIS Arkansas coaches say they’re con­fi­dent the de­fen­sive line has the size, tal­ent and depth to be ef­fec­tive in the move to the 3-4 scheme. Agim is a big-time tal­ent who started the fi­nal five games as a true fresh­man. Jack­son, a highly re­garded signee whose ca­reer has not lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions, is hop­ing to shine as a se­nior in the new sys­tem. Smith has played spar­ingly, but as a red­shirt sopho­more looks ready to com­pete with Watts for a start­ing job. Capps, Guidry, Mar­shall and Hall fig­ure to make the ro­ta­tion. Hays has made a good im­pres­sion since mov­ing from of­fen­sive line to nose guard for pre­sea­son camp.

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