|William Campbell (#73) is the frontrunner for the nose tackle position in 2012|
Believe it or not, Campbell is now a senior. The former 5-star recruit has spent the last three seasons as a backup defensive tackle and offensive guard. He should have redshirted in 2009 and, in an ideal world, would have two seasons of eligibility left. Unfortunately, this will be his last hurrah. Campbell is 6'5" and around 320 lbs., and when he fires off low, not many offensive linemen stand a chance; however, that's about a 50/50 proposition. Last season he made 14 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery as Mike Martin's primary backup. He'll probably get the first crack at taking Martin's starting spot
Ondre Pipkins: 17%
Pipkins is a 6'3", 330 lb. incoming freshman who won't hit campus until June. It's notoriously difficult for true freshmen to play on either side of the line, so he would normally be a huge long shot . . . but the lack of productive depth at the position suggests Pipkins will be in the running for playing time.
Quinton Washington: 5%
The 6'4", 302 lb. made a bit of a sacrifice a couple seasons ago when he switched positions from offensive guard to defensive tackle. When I watch him play defense, I see an offensive guard playing defense. He's a very strong, stout player, but he's not athletic enough to be a real playmaker. I think he lacks the qualities that the coaches are looking for in a starter, but he's a decent sub and goal line player.
Richard Ash: 2%
Ash will be a redshirt sophomore this fall and has yet to see significant playing time in college. He did play in three games in 2011, but did not accrue any statistics. As the voting indicates, I think Ash is the biggest long shot to start at the position.
Other: 0% (3 votes)
I'm not sure who was earning votes here.