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2013 football position by position: defensive line

August 26, 2013

As we’re a week away from the start of the football season, it’s time to take a detailed position-by-position look at the 2013 EMU football team. This is our time to refresh our memory about returning players, and learn a little about the new faces. Up next, the defensive line.

EMU will face off against Howard to start the 2013 football season

Photo by Kenneth Bailey

Lost: Andy Mulumba, Devin Henderson.

For the second year in a row, EMU had a defensive lineman taken with the second overall pick in the CFL draft; last year it was Jabar Westerman taken by the British Columbia Lions, and this year Andy Mulumba was picked Winnipeg Blue Bombers, despite having also already signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers. He’s made the switch to linebacker for the Packers, and seems to be doing well there, with Green Bay media giving him a decent shot to actually make the team.

Presumptive starters: Kalonji Kashama (senior), Cy Maughmer (senior), Travis Linser (junior), Pat O’Conner (sophomore).

Linser, Kashama, and Maughmer are all returning starters, having combined for 32 starts last year. Pat O’Conner was listed as Mulumba’s backup, and regularly subbed in for him last year, as a true freshman.

Depth: Mike Steals (redshirt freshman), Omar McFarlane (sophomore), Gabriel Guilbee-Rodriguez (redshirt freshman), Matt Price (senior), Alex Jones (redshirt freshman), Deshai Powell (freshman), Jacob Rich (junior), Derrick Dunlap (freshman), Mike Brown (sophomore), Kevin Thomas (junior), Arron Pipkins (sophomore).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    August 26, 2013 9:08 am

    Dear cmadler,
    Everyone thinks the defensive line has to be better than last year, and especially in their pass rush. I would hope that Coach English would be willing to use freshmen if the upperclassmen are not cutting it. Go with giving them experience, rather than sticking with players that are not getting it done.

    • August 26, 2013 1:59 pm

      Ken,

      Couldn’t agree with you more. EMU’s defense ranked 2nd Last in the MAC last year and ranked dead last in defending the run giving up nearly 3,200 rush yards over the course of the season (This was with a supposed experienced defensive front with leadership at LB and the D-Line). English MUST have a short leash and though I think Kashama is poised to have another solid year, I don’t really see the rest of the D-line holding up too well especially with so much youth at LB now. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Powell (Fr.) from time to time and I think McFarlane (So.) will see a good amount of playing time this season.

    • cmadler permalink*
      August 26, 2013 2:36 pm

      Unfortunately, English is likely to be in a “win now” mode, for obvious reasons. If he doesn’t think getting experience for the underclassmen will pay off this session, he might not do it.

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