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2009 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings ... DLs
Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
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Posted Aug 12, 2009


CFN 2009 Preview Unit Rankings - Defensive Lines Ranked 1 to 120

Preview 2009 ... Unit Rankings

Defensive Lines

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1. Oklahoma
 
As good as the OU offensive line was last year, that's how good the OU defensive line is this season. There are all-star prospects across the board with Gerald McCoy a superstar to take all the pressure off the rest of the veterans. The ends, led by Jeremy Beal and Auston English, will be camped out in opposing backfields while the tackles will be a brick wall against the run.

2. Ole Miss
 
The call went out to start getting into the backfield more, and Ole Miss answered in a huge way. New defensive line coach Terry Price has a loaded front four with depth, athleticism, options, and next level talent, like ends Greg Hardy, Kentrell Lockett, and Marcus Tillman to play around with. Only injuries and bone-headedness off the field could keep this group from being fantastic.

3. Nebraska
 
The line looked the part going into last season with size, résumés, and athleticism, but it hadn't produced as well as it should've. It came through big-time against the mediocre teams, and now it has to be better against the elite. Thanks to Ndamukong Suh, Barry Turner and Pierre Allen, there should be plenty of plays behind the line while it should lead the way for the best run defense in the North.

4. Pitt
 
If, indeed, it all starts up front, the Panther defense should be in for a big season with enough talent on the line to dominate and force quarterbacks into mistake after mistake. The Big East doesn’t have many quality passers as it is, so the Panthers will enjoy a huge edge in most games with Greg Romeus coming from the outside, and Mick Williams controlling things inside.

5. Florida
 
Jermaine Cunningham and Carlos Dunlap belong in the NFL right now, Terron Sanders and Lawrence Marsh are tough, talented veterans, and Omar Hunter and Jaye Howard might be even better for the interior. While there could be more of a pass rush and there could be a few more big plays, no one's running on this very deep, very talented group.

6. Virginia Tech
 
The key up front will be the play of Nekos Brown. If he can do even a fair impression of Orion Martin, the Hokies will boast one of the best defensive lines in the ACC, if not the country. Year-in and year-out, this program always does a great job of cobbling together a unit that will stuff the run and pressure the pressure. This season will be no different with Jason Worilds in the hunt for ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors and with a slew of great players working around him.

7. LSU
 
The line should come roaring back after a good, but not tremendous season. Rahim Alem and Drake Nevis are about to grow into stars, while Alexander is a veteran who know what he's doing. The depth might not be fully developed or experienced outside of Al Woods, but there's size. It'll be a good front four that'll take over games at times.

8. California
 
The pieces are in place for this to be the most talented and productive Cal defensive line in years. Tyson Alualu and Cameron Jordan form an all-star bookend, and Derrick Hill and Kendrick Payne will plug holes in run defense from the middle. If Jordan really blows up, as expected, there’ll be few answers for containing this line.

9. Miami
 
Although Miami doesn’t boast any shoe-in all-star along the defensive line, it has as much depth and overall talent as any unit in the ACC. Now, it has to back it up, especially against the run. With Eric Moncur returning and players, such as Allen Bailey, Marcus Forston, and Marcus Robinson, ready for take off, the Hurricanes should be markedly better at the point of attack than a year ago.

10. North Carolina
 
The parts are in place for this to be a dynamite defensive front, but now the Heels have to put that potential into action. After finishing 56th nationally against the run and 8oth in sacks, the defense is capable of so much more, provided the line gets a better push up front. The competition at several spots, working around DT Marvin Austin,  should help keep everyone focused and motivated. Carolina boasts one of the best rotations of defensive linemen in the ACC. Forget the two-deep. The Heels can easily go three-deep with productive players.

11 South Florida
12 Arizona State
13 Alabama
14 Ohio State
15 Clemson
16 TCU
17 Tennessee
18 Texas
19 South Carolina
20 Utah  
21 Vanderbilt
22 NC State
23 East Carolina
24 Kansas
25 USC
26 Georgia
27 UCLA 
28 Florida State
29 West Virginia
30 Missouri
31 BYU
32 Stanford
33 Iowa
34 Penn State
35 Notre Dame
36 Auburn
37 Oregon
38 Georgia Tech
39 Michigan State
40 Arizona
41 Boston College
42 Rutgers 
43 Connecticut
44 Northwestern
45 Virginia  
46 Purdue
47 Kentucky
48 Cincinnati
49 Wyoming
50 Arkansas
51 Duke
52 Kansas State
53 Nevada
54 Colorado  
55 Boise State
56 Oregon State
57 Texas Tech
58 Illinois
59 Wisconsin
60 Michigan
61 Oklahoma State
62 Wake Forest
63 Washington  
64 Troy
65 Minnesota
66 San Jose State
67 Indiana 
68 Fresno State
69 UCF
70 Louisiana Tech
71 Mississippi State
72 Maryland 
73 Baylor
74 Louisville 
75 Arkansas State
76 Northern Illinois
77 Central Michigan
78 Syracuse
79 Marshall
80 Southern Miss
81 Air Force
82 Washington State
83 Texas A&M
84 Iowa State
85 UNLV
86 Navy
87 Ball State
88 Hawaii
89 New Mexico  
90 Middle Tennessee
91 Tulane
92 Ohio  
93 Toledo
94 Bowling Green
95 Miami Univ.
96 San Diego State
97 Temple
98 Houston
99 Colorado State
100 Western Michigan
101 Memphis
102 Army
103 Tulsa
104 Kent State
105 Rice
106 Utah State
107 Akron
108 FIU
109 UL Lafayette
110 North Texas
111 Buffalo
112 UTEP
113 SMU
114 Eastern Michigan
115 UAB
116 UL Monroe
117 Florida Atlantic
118 Idaho
119 Western Kentucky
120 New Mexico State