Greetings, Lion fans. We here at The Wire hope that all of you had a good Independence Day holiday. For us, it’s back to business, and today, we take a look at the defensive line, the most experienced among all the position groups.
The list of great talent that has worn the blue and gold is long and deep, and nowhere does it run deeper than on the defensive line. From such greats as Super Bowl XII MVP Harvey Martin, four time Super Bowl champion and all time Pittsburgh Steeler great Dwight White, to all time sack leader Tevin Moore, and intimidating defenders such as Terry Bagsby and Curtis Ray, Lion defensive linemen have been among the best in all of Division 2 football. This year’s group looks to sustain that tradition. They are:
#49 DD Fletcher-6’1″ 270 lbs, Sr.(RS)-Like most of the Lion defenders, Fletcher possess a great blend of size, speed, and quickness. He is a steady presence who always seems to be around the ball.
#55 Pierre Leonard-5’10”, 300 lbs., Sr.-A roadblock in the middle of the line, Leonard is suprisingly quick for a big man. His size and aggressiveness create havoc at the point of attack.
#52 Peyton Searcy-6’0″, 275 lbs., Sr.-Searcy is healthy and ready to return as a force on the line after a knee injury suffered during fall camp sidelined him for the 2018 season. Searcy was a starter and a key cog during the championship run of 2017.
#93 Jaylon Hodge-6’0″, 270 lbs., Jr(RS)-Hodge was an outstanding player filling in for an injured Peyton Searcy, and came into his own.
#94 Brandon Bascue-6’4″, 260 lbs, Soph.(RS)-Bascue saw duty in all 13 games this past season, and progressed very well. He looks to build on that sucess in the 2019 season.
Great defense is a traditon in Commerce. Some would say it’s a birthright. It won a title in 2017, and kept the 2018 team afloat until the offensive kinks were smoothed out. It begins with the defensive line.
It’s 63 days until kickoff. I can’t wait. See you at The Hawk.