September 27, 2007

Defense: First Third season recap

Defensive end

Before the season began, you might have though that this was one of the Bulldogs' weaker positions.

After all, Charles Johnson and Quentin Moses were both in NFL training camps when preseason practice got underway in early August. But Marcus Howard and Roderick Battle have been anything but disappointments.

Howard is a quarterback's nightmare. Not only does he have the speed to blow around offensive tackles, but the South Carolina native is surprisingly strong for his size (238 pounds).

On the other side, Battle hasn't quite earned the reputation as Howard, but the 6-4, 261-pound sophomore has stepped in and done more than an adequate job.

Junior Jeremy Lomax (6-4, 247) has played extensively as part of the rotation at defensive end, with redshirt freshman Demarcus Dobbs (6-2, 266) giving support as well.

Battle and Howard both made their first career start in the season-opener against Oklahoma State, with Battle setting a career-high with five tackles and three quarterback pressures while Howard collected two stops plus had a half a sack.



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