Sabre Roundtable: Supersized Spring, Part 2

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In Part 1 of the Sabre’s Supersized Spring Roundtable, we tackled the offense. This time around, we’re taking a look at the defense where Chris Long and Marcus Hamilton are the likely stars this coming season. And what about the special teams? Who will replace Connor Hughes and Kurt Smith? See what the panel of the Sabre’s Kris Wright, Chris Horne, Mike Ingalls, Greg Waters, Nick Sauer, and WINA’s Jed Williams have to say in this set of questions. (Editor’s note: The answers to these questions were provided prior to Tuesday’s press conference with Al Groh so the status of some players were not known at that time.)

Moving on to the defense, there are a ton of things still up in the air. With that said, which part of the defense should be the strongest? The biggest area of concern? What impact will Mike London have?

KRIS: I think the strongest part of the defense will be on the edges with Chris Long leading the defensive ends, some experienced corners led by Marcus Hamilton, and outside linebackers like Clint Sintim and Jermaine Dias who came on strong at the end of the season. Virginia could be difficult to attack on the edges with a lot of experience and talent in those positions.

Mike London should have an impact on the defensive line certainly because of his expertise in that area. Hopefully, he will also impact the personality of the 3-4 defense after working with Dom Capers in Houston. Maybe more creative zone blitzes or variations?

CHRIS: I think cornerback will be the strong suit. Marcus Hamilton returns, of course, and I think Chris Gorham and Mike Brown should step up. Vic Hall has also gotten some nice reviews at that spot.

The biggest concern is inside linebacker. It’s disappointing to see Rashawn Jackson out for the spring with an injury, as he will be counted upon to