We move forward with Rant Sports Preseason All American Team, as we move to the defensive side of the football. Defense wins championships, that’s what all the so called experts say. At least it’s looked like that the last few years so we’ll go ahead and say it’s true. We start our look at our All American Defense, by taking a look at our defensive linemen.
Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State: Jenkins started all 13 games in 2011 and led all Seminole defensive linemen with 41 tackles, 29 of those being solo. He has become an elite pass rusher, which means opposing teams must game plan stop him. Jenkins had eight sacks in 2011, a number which gives him 21.5 for his career, good for eighth on the schools all time list.
William Gholston, DE, Michigan State: Gholston had a monster season in 2011, where he collected 70 tackles, 16 of those for loss and also had five sacks. Gholston is one of the best defensive ends in the country, as he plays with reckless abandon, sometimes too reckless. He has drawn a few too many personal foul flags in his career, something he will have to work on if the Spartans want to play for another Big Ten Title.
Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama: When I think of a 3-3-5 defense, which by the way is the way I’m putting together this All American Team, I think of a big nasty nose tackle who takes up space and gives you a stale mate in the A-gap. I want somebody who is strong, but quick enough to move down the line and make plays in the B and C gaps as well. Jesse Williams is that guy. Strong, as shown on video bench pressing 600 pounds. Now if that doesn’t say “I’m nasty” nothing does.
These are the three defensive linemen in our Rant Sports Preseason All American Team. Tomorrow, we will take a look at the linebacking corp.