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Staten, Nolan lead deep unit

Coaches looking for play maker up front

April 8, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Defensive Line
Returners
55 Shubert Bastien, Jr., LE
30 Stephen Roberts, r-Sr., LE
89 Dearco Nolan, r-Sr., LE
46 Max Ugboaja, r-Jr., LE
92 Patrick McNeil, r-Jr., LT
91 J.D. Jones, r-So., LT
43 Raynard Felton, r-Fr., LT
94 O'Shae Bridges, r-So. , LT
90 Jimmy Staten, r-Sr., RT
51 Shaquille Huff, r-Fr., RT
98 Derious Bennett, r-Fr., RT
93 Marcus Robinson, r-So., RT
97 Jiajuan Fennell, r-Jr., RE
59 Chris Hale, r-Fr., RE
17 Alexandro Antoine, r-So., RE
54 *Evan Ward, r-So., RE

Newcomers
Matthew Foster, Fr., LE
Jahmal Jones, Fr., LE
Kenderson Obas, Fr., LT
Jimal McBride, Fr., RT
Devonte Lee, Fr., RE
Todney Evans, Fr., RE
Ismael Aurismond, Fr., RE
*Non-scholarship

Coach Stockstill on position: "We are a little short-handed this spring because Jimmy Staten and J.D. Jones are out with injuries. Jimmy is one of our best leaders and really sets the tone for the entire line and J.D. just keeps getting better. We have a lot of bodies and depth but we need someone to step up and be the bell cow. Hopefully, that will happen in the spring."

Bastien: Played in all 24 games of his career ... Has shown flashes at times but needs to be more consistent ... Has enjoyed a great offseason and possesses a strong work ethic ... Has the ability to make something happen off the edge.

McNeil: Missed first two years with injuries and finally saw the field in 2012 ... Did a solid job in his first season ... Is strong and very athletic but needs to play more physical rather than always relying on athletic ability.

Fennell: Did a super job with his body over the winter workout period ... Very athletic and plays smart ... A player who can line up inside or outside ... Has a chance to be the bell cow the coaches are looking for in 2013.

Jones: Will not go through spring practice while recovering from injury ... Made strides his freshman year and looks to have a bright future.

Felton, Hale, Bennett, Huff: All four are redshirt freshmen who will be going through their first spring practice ... All showed great signs during their redshirt year and expected to contribute immediately in 2013.

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