2012 Louisville Football Outlook: Defensive Line

One area on the team that that could be a concern is the defensive line, because the depth isn’t where this staff had hoped for in year three of the Charlie Strong era.

The Cardinals have great potential, but will be young in some spots at defensive tackle. Junior Roy Philon made big strides in production last season and could be even better this season. He sat out the spring with a back injury, but will be ready for the start of camp. He led the line with 36 tackles last year and posted 6.5 tackles for loss. Incoming freshman Pedro Sibiea is someone to watch when he arrives this summer. He is a big, physical performer who will be counted on to add depth. A pair of true freshmen will come in and add depth at that position. Pedro Sibiea from Homestead, Fla., and Sheldon Rankins from Covington, Ga., are the two candidates with great potential at the defensive tackle position. Both players have good size and will be counted on to help stabilize that position.

The Cardinals are solid at nose tackle with junior Brandon Dunn and sophomore Jamaine Brooks holding down the middle. Dunn is coming off a good spring, showing that he can create havoc in the middle and that he can be tough to block. Dunn registered 16 tackles last season. Brooks was a surprise last season and built upon that with a good spring. Brooks took over as the starter late in the season and registered 13 tackles and three tackles for loss. Incoming freshman DeAngelo Brown will also get a crack at earning playing time with a solid fall camp.

Position outlook courtesy of 2012 Louisville Football Media Guide

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