June 30, 2007
SEC Position Rankings: Tide DL checks in
Projected starters: Tyson Jackson; Glenn Dorsey; Charles Alexander; Marlon Favorite.
Next up: Ricky Jean-Francois; Kirston Pittman; Al Woods; Joseph Barksdale.
Best of the bunch: Dorsey is a fearsome inside presence and was a surprise return to LSU in spurning early NFL Draft entry.
Biggest loss: End Chase Pittman made 5.5 sacks to rank second on the team.
Biggest concern: Jean-Francois is a starting-caliber talent but has struggled to maintain his academics. The Tigers need him to stay the course in the classroom.
Biggest reason for optimism: Dorsey's decision to return to school. If the starting four stay healthy, the Tigers will once again have one of the league's elite defensive lines.
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