At times this offseason, Orgeron said the Tigers could go four deep at every position along the defensive line. Those days are long gone as the last month has produced gut punch after gut punch to what was once considered the deepest position group on the roster.

First there was senior defensive end Neil Farrell announcing he’d be opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 related reasons. Then came Orgeron’s announcement that defensive end Justin Thomas would be leaving the program, later transferring to UAB. All of that came to a head on Monday when it was reported that defensive end TK McLendon would be entering the transfer portal and junior defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin would be opting out of the season.

That makes four players that at one point or another Orgeron has called a starter this offseason, who are now off the 2020 team. The only returning starter who received significant playing time is senior Glen Logan, who recorded 20 tackles as a junior in 2019.

The depth on the defensive line will ultimately be determined by how much of an impact the freshmen can have. Orgeron said during his preseason zoom call with the media that he thinks the defensive line will be a strength of the team but there’s no doubt the depth has taken a hit since those comments.

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