Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Roster Breakdown; Defensive Linemen

Joseph GuntherContributor IAugust 25, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 03:  Head coach Tim Brewster of the Minnesota Golden Gophers directs his team against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 3, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Illinois defeated Minnesota 44-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are looking for four new starters along the defensive line.

This is just one of several defensive groups with a major overhaul in the starting lineup.

Despite no returning starters, it may already have its No. 1 unit figured out.

The defensive ends look to be third year sophomore D.L. Wilhite and redshirt freshman Ra'Shede Hageman. Both are athletic, pass rushers. Hageman has the size and athleticism to be a four-down defensive end. The former tight end is nearly 300 pounds and has not lost a step.

The defensive tackles may be the best players on the team's defense. Juniors Brandon Kirksey and Jewhan Edwards are big, physical players. Kirksey provides more versatility than Edwards on the front.

Click here to view all the information on all of the team's defensive linemen.