Ranking the ACC's Defensive Lines for 2012


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5. Clemson – Line coach Marion Hobby will have his hands full this fall. The Tigers lost four contributors from last season’s rotation, including first-team All-ACC end Andre BranchAndre Branch
Defensive End
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA

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and second-team selection tackle Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
Defensive Tackle
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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. Also departing are end Kourtnei BrownKourtnei Brown
Defensive End
#90 6-6, 255
Charlotte, NC

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and tackle Rennie MooreRennie Moore
Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 265
Saint Marys, GA

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. Although this unit suffered some big losses, the cupboard isn’t completely bare. Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
Sr. Defensive End
#97 6-4, 280
Florence, SC

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should have a standout senior year, while Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
So. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 280
Columbus, GA

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returns after recording 29 tackles as a freshman in 2011. The interior will be young, as DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
So. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 290
Central, SC

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and Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS So. Defensive End
#6 6-4, 270
Jacksonville, FL

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are expected to anchor the middle. This group has something to prove, especially after losing some key players and ranking 10th in the conference against the run last year.

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