July 31, 2006

Defensive line could be among Big 12's best

The defensive line is similar to the situation we saw at tight end. There just don't seem to be many question marks. That happens when you return your top seven players from a season ago and add a talented redshirt freshman to the mix.

There is no reason the Tigers shouldn't have one of the better lines in the league. But they'll have to prove it on the field before accolades come their way.

Leading the way at one end is Brian Smith, who has already set the school sack record and last season became a much better every-down player in the Big 12. The other side will be one of the most entertaining things to watch all camp. Sulak and Jackson have gone back and forth as starter and backup for most of the last year. Jackson heads into camp with the edge, but the speedy sophomore is not far behind. Both will play plenty, but there's some pride involved with being named the starter.

Redshirt freshman Tarrell Corby will be fun to watch and could make an impact on passing plays. Many have compared him to Smith, long, lean and fast off the ball. If Corby can turn into the same player Smith has, Missouri might be set along the defensive line for years to come.

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