No matter how many players step up in other positions, I won't be too optimistic until the defensive line is configured two-deep.
The line wasn't very good last year, even with experience.
Now that Jermaine Reid and Kiki Gonzalez are gone, Akron will need to fill two starting roles.
So far the depth chart reads: Jared Cecchetti, Nate Robinson and Eric Lively.
I asked J.D. Brookhart about his second stringers and he mentioned Shawn Lemon, Wallace Pendleton, Viktor Rajek and Mitchell Magloire, who is listed as a linebacker.
On the horizon for the fall are 2007 signee Joe Rash and possibly two unsigned freshmen, Brookhart said. The coach has even given offensive lineman Zach Anderson a crack at d-line, and he didn't fare too badly.
"There's numbers," Brookhart said, "just some unknowns."
I whined a lot last year about the 3-3-5 defense against the non-traditional MAC teams (in other words, MAC teams don't rely on pass-only offenses). With the lack of established depth at DL, it's hard to dispute keeping the system in place, even as the league it was built to combat is evolving.