After 2 years of learning on the job and taking some lumps along with showing some flashes, this is the year they're supposed to break through. Josh Tupou: Is he ready to become an All Pac-12 level DT? Justin Solis: Will he recover from his spring issues and be the battery mate to Tupou that gives the interior of OLs nightmares? Tyler Henington: Will the move to DE allow him to finally give CU an anchor on the outside who holds the edge? Samson Kafovalu: Will he get his off field issues handled and be a disruptive swing DL? Working in with that Class of 2012 are more questions and more hope for the 2014 season: Juda Parker: As a senior, will we finally see the HS All-America potential as a pass rusher now playing DT? The Sophomores... Leo Jackson: Will the JUCO transfer make an immediate impact in 2014 at DT? DeJon Wilson: Another bookend who can hold the edge at DE while getting a push? Clay Norgard: Now playing his natural position at DT, can the undersized lineman cause problems for OLs on passing downs? Jimmie Gilbert: Has he added the strength to fulfill the pass rush potential to replace Chidera as a starter at DE? The RS-Freshmen... Derek McCartney: After grayshirting and redshirting, is he ready to build on his spring and become a playmaker at DE? Markeis Reed: After transforming his body and putting his hand on the ground, can Reed be another pass rusher? Tim Coleman: Almost played as a true freshman but got hurt, can he make it back and force his way onto the field? The true Freshmen... Eddy Lopez: There's an opportunity for a full-sized DT in the rotation, but will he seize it? Jase Franke: Will he redshirt for a year of training table or is he ready now? Terran Hasselbach: Will the high level coaching & training he has gotten make him ready to contribute right away? Michael Mathewes: Some have said he is the impact freshman in this class, but will he take a starting DE job? *************** Lots of names on the list. Most of them were not participating this spring. There is a ton of work this summer and fall ahead of this unit. I think the 2014 defense hinges on how this group performs. Can they command double teams and keep the athletes we now have at LB and NB clean to pursue to the ball? Can they generate a pass rush to allow our promising secondary to create turnovers? Can they possibly be playmakers themselves and change the line of scrimmage in a positive way this year? I'm excited to see how this shakes out in fall camp. Right now, I don't know whether this year's DL will be good, average or a liability.