Along the front of the 3-4 scheme will be Shaq Rowell at nose guard, Will Clarke at end and Jorge Wright at tackle. The defense can easily morph into a four-man front with the buck linebacker stepping in as a defensive end with Clarke and Rowell and Wright as the tackles.
That buck linebacker is likely to be Tyler Anderson. The two inside linebackers will come from a group that includes Doug Rigg, Jared Barber, Isaiah Bruce, Shaq Petteway and Jewone Snow. The other outside linebacker will be Terence Garvin.
In the secondary, Pat Miller and Brodrick Jenkins are the corners and freshman Karl Joseph one of the safeties. The other safety should be Darwin Cook, but freshman K.J. Dillon has stepped in while Cook has been injured.
The task now is to identify more reliable depth, particularly up front and at the corners.
As for the scheme itself, that seems to have been learned well.
"The defense has been installed for a whole spring and two weeks for camp. They've grasped it,'' DeForest said. "The guys that make mistakes will weed themselves out. We're working with the guys that understand what to do. We're also looking at the guys who want to play hard. We have a starting 11 and about five guys we can trust.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.