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Wake Forest Defensive Line Preview Podcast with Mark Rogers

Will Wake Forest be able to rush the passer in 2016?

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest begins its 2016 campaign in just 10 days when the Demon Deacons host the Tulane Green Wave. We continue breaking down the positional units by taking a look at the defensive line. What can we expect out of this unit in 2016? I discussed my expectations with Mark Rogers.

Defensive line should be an improved positional unit in 2016. The Wake Forest defense generated just 20 sacks in 2015, which was 99th nationally. That lack of a pass rush is a reason why the secondary was able to force just 6 interceptions, which was 111th nationally.

How will the line get better? Expect a major contribution from Duke Ejiofor who has the potential to be an All-ACC player this season. He averaged more than 1 tackle for loss in the 7 games he played last season, and he should be a terror for opposing offensive linemen this season. At tackle, Wake will have to overcome the loss of Zeek Rodney, who has taken a leave of absence from the university, but Josh Banks can make up for that loss, as long as he can improve his consistency. To get more of my thoughts on the unit, be sure to watch the video below.

Many thanks as always to Mark Rogers for having me on. You can follow him on Twitter @MarkRogersTV. I’d also highly recommend checking out his YouTube channel that has all of his excellent coverage of all things college football.

What do you all think of the preview? What are you expecting out of the defensive line this year?