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Position Analysis: Defensive ends

Justin Francis

Rutgers' starting defensive ends combined to register six sacks in 2010, and the lack of pressure from the edges left a void in the defense. The player with the most experiencing returning for 2011 is Justin Francis, but there are some interesting options for the 2011 season.

One of the glaring deficiencies of Rutgers defense was an inability of the defensive ends to get to the quarterback with regularity. Senior Justin Freeny had half-a-sack, and while senior Alex Silvestro excelled in helping contain the running game, he amassed a team-leading 5 ½ sacks. Both are gone as Rutgers looks to rebuild its defensive line, especially on the edges, and there is plenty of...

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