By Madison Guernsey firstname.lastname@example.org
With Idaho Stateâ€™s fall football camp revving up, the Journal is breaking down each of the Bengalsâ€™ position groups leading up to the start of the season Sept. 3 against Simon Fraser.
Last week, we took a look at the offense. Today, we begin the defense with the defensive line.
Idaho State lost two D-line mainstays in Tyler Kuder and Chris Edwards. Kuder, who led the team a season ago with 11 tackles for loss, is fighting for a roster spot with the Green Bay Packers. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder also racked up 92 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season, while Edwards chipped in 63 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
Kuderâ€™s sheer size and strength, football IQ and three all-conference selections will surely be missed.
His absence leaves a glaring hole along the Bengalsâ€™ defensive front that likely wonâ€™t be perfectly filled. The biggest question lingering throughout fall camp has revolved around finding someone to fill Kuderâ€™s shoes, and for a while, it looked like there was a clear-cut answer.
Then Rasheed Williams suffered a season-ending injury the second week of camp. ISUâ€™s top pass rusher off the edge had his sophomore season ended before it began. The Bengals lost their top two backfield threats in the span of eight months and are left picking up the pieces.