Projecting the Baker defense

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 05:45 PM.

Linebacker

Two of the three returning starters – Austin Martin and Montae Barto – play linebacker, which Brunson expects to be the strength of the defense. The other returning starter is cornerback Jacob Nixon.

A rising junior, Barto stands 6-foot-2, weighs about 230 pounds, and looks very much like a prototypical college prospect.

Barto moves from outside linebacker to middle linebacker. Martin returns for his third year as a starter at outside linebacker. He’ll start on the weak side. Dakota Smith and Tristan Carroll will compete for time at the strong side.

When offenses spread things out Alante Coleman will drop back to an inside linebacker from his nose guard position.

Defensive line

No position on the team was hit harder by graduation than the defense line.



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