Signing Day 2015 – Defense

On the Defensive side we don’t really have a lot to replace numbers-wise, only losing three starters. The big issue is that each of the guys lost were solid 3 (if not 4) year contributors.

With LBs Tyrell Adams and Bobby Liggins, DLs Tory Slater and Nathan Teter a LOT of career starts go out the door. Up front we’ve brought in Brandon Thorpe from Texas Tech, Jason Carr from Tennessee and A.J. Fanene from JUCO. We also signed two JUCO LBs in Christopher Harthone and Craig Murphy. They will surely be backups to returnees Kentrell Reynolds and Gabe Freeman, who beat out Liggins for playing time much of the year.

On paper these guys are probably as talented if not better than what we lose but surely they will not be the same leaders in the huddle as the outgoing seniors. My guess is Dickey holdovers Alex Armah and David Dupaty will be called on to fill those roles. Assuming DTs Marrion Holmes and Dalvon Stuckey both return* our defensive line will be among the Nations best.

We don’t lose a single person from a pretty solid secondary yet we’ve still added Josh Keys from Texas Tech and two solid JUCOs. The depth here is just ridiculous. Competition Tuesdays will be a real battle next fall.

Line: A- (more talent but less leadership)
Linebackers: C+/B- (when you lose an All-American it’s hard to say you’re not taking a step back.
Secondary: A+ Clearly better

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