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Spring Football Position Preview: Defensive Line


As we inch closer to the start of spring practice will preview each position. Today we preview the defensive line.

Defensive Line Overview
ODU graduated six defensive linemen, including starters Oshane Ximines, Pat Toal, Daniel Appouh and Tim Ward, while Miles Fox transferred to Wake Forest.

Junior Jeremy Meiser returns at defensive tackle after starting 10 games last season and recording 21 tackles and five tackles for loss. Juwan Ross played in 10 games, notching 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. Mufu Taiwo registered eight tackle in 10 games andwill look for more playing time in his final year in Norfolk. 

There will be big-time competition for playing time between a number of players, including returners James Valle, Sam White, Ty-Kee McCullers, Marcus Haynes and Cameron Washington.

Also vying for playing time are players that redshirted a season ago. Sokoya McDuffie played in three games and was able to redshirt, while O’Shea Jackson also redshirted.

Newcomers Elijah Golston and Blake Hehl, are junior college transfers that joined ODU in January and add to the competition.

DL By the Numbers

Elijah GolstonSo.6-4218JUCO transfer from Mt. San Antonio. No. 4 OLB in California
Marcus HaynesSo-r.6-4215Had two sacks in the win over No. 13 Virginia Tech
Estefano FelicianoSo-r.6-1235Former linebacker moved to DE for spring ball
O'Shea JacksonFr-r.6-5245Redshirted. Sat out most of the season with an injury
James ValleSo-r.6-4234Saw spot duty in six games. Athletic edge rusher
Sam WhiteSo-r.6-3250Will compete for time at defensive end
Blake HehlSo.6-2277JUCO transfer, hard-nosed d-tackle
Ty-Kee McCullersJr.6-2275Walk-on played in one game last season
Sokoya McDuffieFr-r.6-5275Redshirted. Talented, athletic player played in 3 games in 2018
Jeremy MeiserJr.6-3270Most experienced returning player on d-line
Juwan RossJr-r.6-2275Played in 10 games last year, making 11 tackles
Mufu TaiwoSr-r.6-5306Solid on and off the field. SAAC President
Keion WhiteSo-r.6-423511 catches last season at TE. Changes position this spring
Cameron WashingtonSo-r.6-4280Big body played in two games last season
Derek WilderSr-r.6-2250Solid special teams player. Moves up from linebacker