Post Spring Depth Chart: The Defense

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Bud Foster’s defense looked improved this past spring. He will have a very
fast defense in 2011, including some major talent on the defense line, at
linebacker and in the secondary. However, it’s still a very young defense, and
how quickly it matures and whether or not it stays healthy will be the keys to
the season.

There is plenty of individual talent on the Tech defense, but there are also
six sophomore starters and several key freshmen in the two-deep. I think
Foster’s unit will improve in 2011, but their best football will be in 2012 and
2013.

With Tech’s schedule in 2011, there will still be a major opportunity to have
some very good defensive numbers. Here’s a look at how the depth chart shakes
out heading into the summer.

Defensive Line

Charley Wiles went into the spring wanting to see two things. First, he
wanted some of his younger players to take that next step from being a key
backup to being a full-time starter. Second, he wanted to develop some depth at
both end and tackle. One of those goals was accomplished, and the other is a
work in progress.

Defensive
Line Depth Chart
Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
Stud James Gayle 6-4 251 r-So.
Stud Duan Perez-Mean 6-4 252 r-Fr.
Stud Quillie Odom 6-1 242 r-Jr.
DT Derrick Hopkins 6-0 298 So.
DT Antoine Hopkins
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