Despite the losses of players like first-round draft picks Jordan Davis, Travon Walker, and Devonte Wyatt, Smart rattled off eight other names while breaking down the position Thursday.
Of course, All-American candidate Jalen Carter headlines the group. But Smart is also high on the rest of the talent at his disposal, including players like Zion Logue, Nazir Stackhouse, Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins, Warren Brinson, and Bill Norton. Smart also mentioned redshirt freshman Jonathan Jefferson, along with true freshmen Bear Alexander and Christen Miller. Others to watch include Tramel Walthour, freshman Mykel Williams, C.J. Madden, and Shone Washington.
“They’re not Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt and we’re not asking them to be. If they were those guys, they would have been out there last year a lot more often,” Smart said. “So, we’re excited about where they are. Optimistic that those guys will be very productive. We’re asking, you know, Zion, Jalen, Naz, Warren Brinson, Bill Norton, Jonathan Jefferson, all those guys. The two young guys, Bear and Christen, they’re going to get thrust up there and have to go out and compete and give us a depth and give us snaps. I’m excited to see what all those guys can do on the defensive line. We certainly need some guys to step up at that position.”
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