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Younger defensive ends now ready to step up

The “aww factor” has vanished, and so have the first-game jitters, for defensive tackles freshman Abry Jones and sophomore Deangelo Tyson, which should prove valuable when the promising duo take over the reins at the defensive tackle position next season.

With seniors Jeff Owens, Geno Atkins, and Kade Weston exhausting their collegiate eligibility Monday, taking their respective games to the NFL in the spring, the hole at defensive tackle is gaping.