As inexperienced as our DL is, we do have some proven talen there. Mika Tafua is the next star at Utah. He will step into that role just like every DE steps into that role. Tupai is a solid, solid, solid DE at worst. Devin Kaufusi is an experienced player who is better suited for our defense than BYU’s. Then you add in reps from Suguturaga, Filinger, Kuithe. We will be solid at DE. Not anywhere near inexperienced or bad. Above average.
As for the DT spot, H. Pututau, Pita Tonga are more than above average P12 starters and Moala is a star in the making. Plus we have a lot of size and young talent behind those three.
Our DL will be good. Not last year good, but top 1/3rd in the P12.
Our LB’s are super experienced. We have Lloyd, who has potential to be the best LB in the P12. We have Sewell, who has over two years of starting experience between Nevada and Utah. Our LB’s will be top half of the P12.
The biggest question mark is the secondary. Lots of youth, lots of inexperience, lots of potential. If they can just be ok, this will be a very, very good defense. Not last year amazing, but still far from the worst defense we’ve had in the P12.
Even with all the losses, our DE is very experienced, our DT’s are very experienced and our LB’s are very experienced.
It won’t be nearly as worrisome as some are making it out to be. I think they give up 21-24 points per game. And if our offense can put the 35 points per game like I think we can, we will do just fine.
4-2 is our floor.