The extent, however, that the Rebels will be relying on the newcomers could be a bit surprising.
With the graduation of Allen Walker and Jonathan Cornell following last season, coupled with the likely season-ending injury to leader D.T. Shackelford during spring drills and various nicks to junior Joel Kight and sophomore Mike Marry, and the Rebels will be looking for plenty of players to step up and accept large roles on the defense.
Luckily for the Rebels, freshmen C.J. Johnson, Keith Lewis and Serderius Bryant were a highly-touted group of linebackers out of high school that were expected to play right away when they were recruited. (August 23, 2011, Page 9)