VIDEO PREVIEW: Previewing Stanford's Defensive Line

Aug. 26, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford’s defensive front four has arguably been the team’s strongest unit each of the last two seasons, averaging 2.96 sacks (71 total) in 24 games dating back to the 2007 season. With the return of seven players who have combined to make 67 career starts, Stanford’s defensive front is deep and talented and has the potential to be one of the Pac-10’s best.

Stanford’s projected front four includes incumbent senior starters Erik Lorig (6-4, 265) at right end and Ekom Udofia (6-2, 322) at nose tackle, along with sophomores Thomas Keiser (6-5, 253) and Matt Masifilo (6-3, 264) at left end and tackle, respectively.
Junior Sione Fua (6-2, 307) along with seniors Brian Bulcke (6-4, 273) and Tom McAndrew (6-5, 262) will also figure prominently in the rotation.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh, assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Ron Lynn along with defensive ends coach D.J. Durkin preview Stanford’s defensive line heading into the 2009 season.


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