The Boise State Defensive Line: it's like the Little Shop of Horrors, but in a good kind of way. 2011 may have been the season where we saw the best defensive line in Boise State history. 2012 may be the second best.
After losing all four starting defensive lineman to the NFL, the Broncos had to look elsewhere to find their new talent to plug up the middle. Thankfully they didn't have to look far since Mike Atkinson doesn't move very quick.
Take a look after the jump and see my predictions for what you might see at the Fall Scrimmage today and again on August 31st.
(And so begins the tradition of position previews. We love traditions at OBNUG. Other traditions may include, but are not limited to: Dairy Queen Blizzards, hating anything Vandal, and Spell Check. Next Up: The Lavish Linebackers.)
|49||Barrett, Darien||DE||6-2||222||Fr.||Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood HS)|
|69||Horn, Tyler||DE||6-5||265||So.||Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View HS)|
|41||Marshall, Kharyee||DE||6-2||240||RJr.||Phoenix, Ariz. (Washington HS)|
|94||McCaskill, Sam||DE||6-3||236||Fr.||Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS)|
|82||Ukwuachu, Samuel||DE||6-4||222||RFr.||Pearland, Texas (Pearland HS)|
|58||Ash, Robert||DL||6-3||283||RFr.||Elk Grove, Calif. (Cosumnes Oaks HS)|
|68||Cushing, David||DL||6-1||272||Sr.||Caldwell, Idaho (Vallivue HS)|
|96||Hoyte, Elliot||DL||6-4||275||Fr.||Tavistock, England (Ivybridge Community College)|
|8||Lawrence, Demarcus||DL||6-3||242||RSo.||Aiken, S.C. (Butler CC) (Silver Bluff HS)|
|53||Martin, Beau||DL||6-2||250||RSo.||Denver, Colo. (CSU-Pueblo) (JK Mullen HS)|
|40||Nance, Armand||DL||6-0||273||Fr.||Houston, Texas (DeKaney HS)|
|99||Atkinson, Michael||DT||6-0||306||RSr.||Windsor, Ontario, Canada (Catholic Central HS)|
|91||Grimes, Greg||DT||6-0||293||RSr.||Sacramento, Calif. (Inderkum HS)|
|95||Koontz, Darren||DT||6-3||274||RSr.||Seal Beach, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS)|
|43||Tjong-A-Tjoe, Ricky||DT||6-3||296||RJr.||Amsterdam, Netherlands (Boise HS)|
|98||Worthy, Jeffrey||DT||6-3||285||RFr.||La Mirada, Calif. (Whittier Christian HS)|
I will highlight a few of the key individuals as well as make predictions for their possible back ups.
- Favorite Quote: "Beef. It's what's for dinner." -Idaho Beef Council
- Favorite Song: "Oh, Canada!" -Canadians
- Favorite Movie: Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. "Man I wish I could invent a machine like that." -Mike Atkinson
- Favorite Quote: "Sleep." -Hypnotists Worldwide
- Favorite Song: "Santa, Baby!" -Ertha Kitt
- Favorite Movie: Charlie the Unicorn. "It practically counts." -Demarcus Lawrence
- Favorite Quote: "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning." -Peter Pan
- Favorite Song: "Sweet Home Albama" -Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Favorite Movie: Moulin Rouge. "Sing to me, Ewan." -Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe
Although we lost our four starting defensive lineman to the NFL, I don't expect us to skip a beat. It's tough to replace the likes of Tyrone Crawford, Billy Winn, and Shea McClellin, but I believe these young guys may just have the talent to be the stars of tomorrow. And if not, we'll just make them transfer. Look for a lot of switches and movement in our defensive schemes as well. With the exception of Atkinson, the rest of the crew are pretty mobile and should have no problem moving around and causing all kinds of headaches for the entire city of Fresno.
Who do you think will be the big stars on the defensive line this season? Is Demarcus Lawrence the next Shea McClellin? Can Atkinson play nose and tackle at the same time, giving us a 3-2-1-5 defense? Sound off!