Truely though, they don't have to be high sack total guys but they just need to be so physically dominating in the bull rush that the LBs can run around free. Our DEs have held up well against the rush but there has been a lack of push in passing situations. I'm telling you though that Pagan has that look of an elite 2-gap 3-4 end.
To illustrate from the pros, the Niners use a similar system and personnel to our own (obviously with much better overall talent) and their leading pass rusher, Aldon Smith, excels partly because their DE Justin Smith is such a terror on the bull rush. Pagan could open a lot up for the OLBs next season if he takes the next step.
We need another Courtney Upshaw to step up. The 2011 defense was sick!
They started recruiting smaller possibly faster lineman after bo davis left. Its taking a while to get those guys up to sec play. I think next season we may see a little more effective push from the ends. I also thought sqare and stinson were playing their best at the end of the season. Hopefullly they will do well against the domers
Good chart, but there's always room for debate.
In general, I agree with your assessments. We differ on the playing time of true freshmen (you think several will play more than I think they will. Honestly, I'm not that wild about a lot of freshmen playing because of what it says about the returning players.
Also, I'd flip Collins and Sunseri, due mainly to the pass coverage issues already discussed above. He's a great effort guy, but LSU unmasked him on coverage skills.
Overall, though, a good list.
You can't reason a man out of a position he didn't reason himself into.
Either way, it is going to be a good team. Just hope it transfers on the field. History says it will.
Perry is a Junior
Where does DJ Pettway fit in next year? I saw that he has been practicing at LB.