January 2, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end William Gholston (2) is congratulated by defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (99) after he picked up the fumble during the first half of the 2012 Outback Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Yahoo! Sports ranks Mich. State's defensive line 6th in the country

The Spartans are returning a lot of talent to its defensive line this season. That is one of the reasons why Yahoo! Sports ranked the Spartans d-line 6th best in the country.

The likely starters will be defensive ends William Gholston and Marcus rush and defensive tackles Tyler Hoover and Anthony White.

Yahoo! Sports had the following to say about Michigan State’s defensive line:

The buzz: Gholston, a junior, is an athletic marvel’ he can be a pass-rushing terror and finally appears to have developed some consistency. He had 16 tackles for loss last season. Rush is undersized (6-2/250) but relentless and productive (12 tackles for loss). Both starting tackles are new, but both are seniors. White is a 330-pounder who started four times last season and is a good run-stuffer. Hoover is a former end who will have big-time pass-rush skills for a tackle. Sophomore James Kittredge, who sat out last season after transferring from Vanderbilt, could beat out Hoover.

The website also cited the Ohio State Buckeyes as the second best defensive line in the country, but no other Big Ten schools made the top ten list. Louisiana State was ranked the best defensive line in the country, which makes sense because they are the front-runners by most media outlets to win the national title this season.

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