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Philon leads UA D-line by example

Posted: August 13, 2014 at 3:29 a.m.

Rory Segrest, back, watches on as Darius Philon, left, tries to tackle Tevin Beanum, right, at spring football practice Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Defensive tackle Darius Philon said he's not just bigger, stronger, faster and quicker than when he arrived at Arkansas in 2012.

UA position glance

Defensive tackles

RETURNING STARTER Darius Philon

KEY LOSSES Byran Jones, Robert Thomas, Horace Arkadie

WHO’S BACK DeMarcus Hodge, Taiwan Johnson, Ke’Tyrus Marks

WHO’S NEW Bijhon Jackson, Cordale Boyd, Grady Ollison, Armon Watts

ANALYSIS Philon is the only player with starting experience. Hodge, who played some key snaps as a reserve last season, came into fall camp as the No. 1 nose guard, but Johnson was promoted to that spot this week. Hodge can play tackle and nose guard. Jackson should be an impact freshman at nose guard and may challenge for a starting job. Boyd and Ollison have moved from the offensive line. The interior defense will get a major challenge in the season opener at Auburn, which figures to have one of the nation’s top rushing offenses.

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