One position on this unit played well while the other two were fairly non existent. Defensive tackle was a position I was largely impressed with while the defensive ends disappointed.
Jared Goldwire was the best defensive player on the field for Louisville last night. He was disruptive in the run game and I liked the push he got against Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims.
When freshman Dezmond Tell came in, I was impressed with him as well. He is one of the very few true freshman playing significant snaps thus far in the season.
The edge rushers are not producing this season. They have produced a whopping zero sacks as a unit through four games. Not ideal. Not one player stands out.
Tabarius Peterson, a senior, has greatly underwhelmed all season long. Players like Dayna Kinnaird have seen snaps disappear.
Yaya Diaby, a first year player in the program, has been the best defensive end in my opinion. He has at least been disruptive through the first four games. He is a junior, but he still has room to grow.
All in all, this defensive end group has gotten nothing from players who have been in the program for several years and was severely under-recruited by the Petrino regime.
The defensive tackles are good. ACC players. Tell has a bright future and there was some excitement about true freshman Henry Bryant in the preseason.