I think we’ll be better on defense, especially if Deontay Anderson is cleared to play next season.
The DL should be the best we’ve had in ages. Ed and Carter are as good a pair of DTs as you’ll find at any SEC school. I think most of us expect Chambers to be good. I know TCU was counting on him this past season. Then we have Payton Turner, Zach Vaughn, Aymiel Fleming, Noah Jones, Alex Duke, and Blake Little plus the freshmen–Tahj Boyd, Willie Smith, and Logan Hall–we signed.
I was concerned about LB, but getting Owens is a game changer. He was 2nd in tackles in the Orange Bowl and appears to be a guy who is getting better and better since coming back from his injury. Plus Egbule and Godfrey started last year, and Anenih impressed for a true freshman. We also have Elijah Gooden, Jared Milburn, Derek Parish, Amaud Willis-Dalton, and the newcomers, Donovan Mutin, Delaken Goodson, and Zamar Kirven.
As for the secondary, along with Anderson we return captain Garrett Davis, Collin Wilder, and the coaches are high on JC transfer Gleson Sprewell. So safety looks good. Corner was the major weakness, IMO. I can’t know, but I would hope we could find two competent guys among seven returnees–Isaiah Johnson, Jeremy Winchester, Alex Myers, Javian Smith, Kadarian Smith, DJ Small, and Devodric Bynum. Last year was Johnson’s first at the position, and Javian Smith supposedly has shown flashes.
So I expect us to be improved and am counting on a top 20 ranking in scoring defense. If the offense can finish as high it should be a fun year.