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Post Spring Analysis: Defensive Line

The defensive line returns three of four starters that accounted for 20.5 sacks and 172 tackles during the 2002 season. NFL bound Eric Manning leaves a big hole to fill, especially with the lingering possibility that one of last year's starting defensive ends may not make the team.

Greg Newhouse has his hands full with fourteen players on the roster. Out of the fourteen, eight to ten players will receive playing time with six to eight receiving significant playing time. Anchoring the outside of the line is record-breaking defensive end Bill Swancutt. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound right end uses a combination of speed and strength to get around or go through the offensive...

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