September 12, 2007

Defensive starters seeing more snaps

To a man, Missouri's defensive linemen say they are in better condition than they ever have been. It's a good thing, because if the first two games are an indication, the Tiger starters are going to need to have some stamina.

"Our starters have played a little bit more," said defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski. "I don't know if we'll keep that up, but they have played more snaps."

No official statistics are available for the number of snaps played, but the starting defensive line of Stryker Sulak, Ziggy Hood, Lorenzo Williams and Tommy Chavis was on the field for the vast majority of the second half at Ole Miss. In the past, the Tigers have used a six-three rotation, where the starter will play six snaps and will rest while the backup plays three.

"We are (playing more). I can see," Williams said. "We get in points of the game where the coaches want to make sure we are going to be able to finish people off. It really doesn't matter."

Numbers aside, the starters view it as their duty to play as many snaps as they are asked.

"If we have to, we have to," Williams said. "You can't say you can't go out there and play cause I'm going to have to go out there and play the game."

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