As the nation gets set to kick off spring football practice, with several schools already having started, now is the time to take a look at some of the top returners on the defensive side of the ball. This is a look at some of the top returning defensive ends, guys who play the pass, and the run, with speed and power.
The list includes athletes who play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. Both are very different systems, but they each feature defensive ends as integral pieces. Some ends are at their best when setting a hard edge and squeezing down runs. Others are at their game's pinnacle when it comes to using their speed to get to the quarterback. Both get the job done.
Here is a look, in alphabetical order, at some of the top defensive ends heading into the 2014 season.