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Opponents won’t be able to double-team all of the potential trouble makers Texas boasts. All-Americans Crowder and Okam lead a foursome that already work well together. DE Robison boasts 15 TFLs and three forced fumbles from his ’05 numbers, and reserve end ‘Rak’ (Orakpo) garnered all-conference honors as a RS frosh. The role players return in place for this line to finish as a top 10 run-stopping unit that is overall No.1 in our opinion. Practicing against the nation’s top offensive line only makes both groups better…Yikes!

Seniors Ah You and Thibodeaux bookend a DL that holds up well in the historical annals of OU fronts. Don’t forget about DE Larry Birdine, who many Sooner fans feel is the best of the pass rushing bunch, as he returns from a torn bicep that sidelined him all of last year. Though some presence was lost inside (Dvoracek), Pendleton and Bennett have top recruit Granger to push everyone’s performance levels higher. The Sooner’s stellar LBs will distract opposing blockers so that the numbers will pile up for any/all of these down linemen, making this the best front seven in the land. True tests come versus the Longhorns and Aggies (both scorched OU for 200+ ground yards last season), but revenge will come if the two-deep here stays healthy.

The days of Gator dominance up front are back. All-American Thomas reunites with Harris as UF’s primaries in the middle – though both come in under 300lbs, they are big enough to clog running lanes and fast/elusive enough to invade opposing backfields regularly. At 6-6, Moss led the team in TFLs and sacks as a reserve underclassman, so expectations are high for the now-starting end. Meyer’s guys can easily surpass last year’s top 10 run-stopping result with the deep rotation available (Cohen).

With three seniors and three returning starters, this clan of Berkeley Bears has all the bite of a superior line. Inside, Malele is the immovable object who frees all-American Mebane to wreak havoc – when the sack leader is a tackle, it speaks volumes on the front’s versatility. Outside, Tafisi, Ma’afala and Mbokogu all use size and speed to do whatever is necessary, and do it well. Like with OU, the capability of a studded LB corps means UC can and will decimate opponent’s offensive plans.

The youth movement that was good last year will pay dividends and be the strength of this entire team. Joe Monty is the lone senior who leads by using every ounce of effort to contain the outside well, but it’s his counterparts at rush end (Cooper and Shaughnessy) who make for the line’s deepest dimension. Like Shaughnessy, DT Hayden earned all-conference as an underclassman. Ala Cal’s Mebane, an inside presence (Hayden) finishing fourth on the team in tackles, second in TFLs and first in sacks means his return will result in good things to come.

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