April 5, 2007

Nielsen following in mentor's footsteps

If anyone knows what it takes to play defensive line for Ed Orgeron its third year defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen.

Nielsen got first hand knowledge of what Orgeron expects from his defensive front, he played for Orgeron at USC.

Nielsen has taken that same fire and energy that was used to coach him at Southern California and is beginning to work wonders with what most will call a very inexperience front line.

Well inexperience might not be the right way to describe them; a young talented line may be a better way to explain them.

Marcus Tillman and Greg Hardy started as true freshmen last year and while still young, both made Rivals.com Freshmen All-American Team.

"We have a lot of young linemen, but they also very hungry," Nielsen said. "Marcus is becoming a leader of defense and is having a tremendous first spring for us."

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