RT DAN HOCH SENIOR
Four years after coach Gary Pinkel sneaked the 6' 7", 320-pound blue-chipper out of Iowa (and a verbal commitment to Nebraska), Hoch returns as one of the nation's elite linemen. The road-grating tackle's run blocking is especially important to the offense.
DE KONY EALY FRESHMAN
Redshirt reserve will be an ace up the D-line's sleeve
Upperclassmen Brad Madison and Jacquies Smith will be the starters, but Ealy could be the best of the Tigers' outstanding defensive end rotation. At 6' 5" and 250 pounds he's the most physically gifted (an "Aldon Smith--type athlete," according to Pinkel) and was unblockable this spring.
QB CORBIN BERKSTRESSER FRESHMAN