Summer Reading 2013: Defensive Line

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Brent Urban hopes to make a big impact in his final season.

After wrapping up with the offense, the Sabre’s Summer Reading series shifts gears to look at the defense. First up is the defensive line, which will still feature four down linemen under new defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. Is this group ready to spearhead Tenuta’s aggressive defense?

The D-Line certainly seems eager to perform in the new system with new coaches, including more involvement from head coach Mike London. London, who coached the position in the NFL, is assisting defensive line coach Vincent Brown with the unit. After the Spring Game, the players were grinning ear to ear about the aggressive scheme and there was plenty to smile about that day since the defense piled up 14 sacks.

A nice blend of experienced players and emerging youngsters set the tone during that Spring Game performance and the Hoos hope that mix provides good results this fall. With that said, the biggest concern probably falls in the depth category because multiple injuries could force unproven players into critical roles.

It’s time to take an up-close look at the D-Line.


Jake Snyder led the defensive line in tackles last season.

A pair of seniors are ready to lead the defensive line group with Jake Snyder at defensive end and Brent Urban at defensive tackle. Both of those players started all 12 games last season under then DC Jim Reid and they are penciled in as starters once again after spring practice.

Snyder has 25 career starts to his credit, taking the opening defensive snap in all but one game the